How to Deal With Relapses


Relapsing is common for people going through substance abuse treatment, but it does not equate to failure. Here are four ways to deal with a relapse.

Express Yourself

If you experience substance cravings or are going through a rough time when you would have turned to drugs before treatment, talk to someone about the way you’re feeling. Including your support group in your recovery process will help keep the demons at bay and keep you on your recovery path.


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You Didn’t Fail

A relapse does not mean you have failed your recovery process. The majority of people recovering from substance abuse—60 percent, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse—relapse at some point in their lives.


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Recognize Warning Signs

There are warning signs to look out for either in yourself or a loved one who is recovering from substance abuse. Warning signs can include deteriorating relationships, change in attitude and behavior, loss of belief in yourself and the recovery program, resentment, and withdrawal. If you notice signs, ask for help and/or see a counsellor or doctor.


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Continue to Attend Counseling

Continuing to attend individual and group counseling will help you get back on track after a relapse. Attending a group may not be what you want to do but having the support and guidance will help you keep on with your recovery program.sun-mountain-boy

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