What Is Relapse?

Relapse is a return to drug-use after a drug-free period. Most people who struggle with addiction will experience one or more relapses. Preventing relapse is a part of recovery.

Some Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Relapse:

  • Choose a treatment program that has a significant number of continuing care options and actively utilize these services.
  • Be actively involved in your own treatment.
  • Choose a living environment that is supportive of your recovery—such as a sober house.
  • Find a recovery support group and stay actively involved—not just in meeting attendance, but social activities (fellowship) as well.
  • Obtain a sponsor.
  • Don’t underestimate your disease. Pay attention to your body, thoughts, triggers and surroundings.
  • Develop strategies for situations that might jeopardize your recovery.
  • Always have an escape plan if you find yourself in uncomfortable situations.
  • Keep your routine. Structure and routine are an important part of recovery.
  • Involve loved ones in recovery activities.
  • Include people in your life that are supportive of your decision not to drink or use drugs.
  • Don’t expect others to change.
  • Practice releasing resentments and moving forward for your own peace and serenity.
  • Help others.
  • Don’t expect perfection from yourself. Recovery is a journey. Take time each day to celebrate where you are today and appreciate the recovery process.
  • Ask for help.
  • Call Progress Valley and speak to our Continuing Care Counselors or our Clinical Staff.