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Is Relapse a Part of Recovery?

Many people fall victim to relapse at some point in their struggle to achieve sobriety. Some people even believe that relapse is a part of the process of achieving permanent sobriety. Although relapse is part of most people’s recovery story, it doesn’t have to be and isn’t a necessary part of the recovery process.

Relapse happens often. Statistics show that about 85% of people will relapse within one year after completing treatment. However, these statistics do not take into account the quality of the treatment facility, the development of a strong aftercare plan, or the individual’s determination to live a life of sobriety. Many people fall into the trap of going to treatment to please their family and friends, rather than choosing sobriety for themselves. When we are willing to take whatever steps necessary to maintain our sobriety, we do not have to go through a process of relapse.

Alcoholics Anonymous, the first 12-Step recovery program, states: “rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.” In the experience of many men and women in recovery, this has proven to be true. We engage thoroughly in our aftercare plan, whether it be 12-Step or another program, until our sobriety is so deeply entwined in our lives that we no longer consider using drugs or alcohol. When we become deeply involved in our chosen recovery program, we begin to live by a new set of virtues and morals necessary to the maintenance of our sobriety.

Relapse may help some to strengthen these new principles, but the chances of disaster striking when we return to a life of addiction far outweigh the potential for a positive outcome. Instead, when we feel that we are falling victim to old thought-patterns or cravings that could lead us to relapse, we reevaluate our commitment to sobriety and get back into our recovery program of action. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous warns, “it is easy to let up on a spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.” If we take this warning seriously and choose to continuously grow in our recovery, we will not be in danger of relapsing.

Life in active addiction is no way to live. If you are struggling or care for someone who is struggling with addiction, you know that life can be better. It’s time to live. Ready? Set- GO. Resilient House cultivates the resilience necessary to those in recovery for lasting wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Bringing together the best in clinical and holistic expertise, our full continuum of care is designed to help you change your life for good. Call us today for information: 833-CHANGE1