You Relapsed. Now What?

You Relapsed. Now What?

You Relapsed. Now What?

There’s no going back in time. You relapsed. Now what? It’s time to face what happened, pick up the pieces, and go back to treatment. Relapse is a part of recovery, so you don’t have to feel ashamed. And you definitely shouldn’t feel like you failed.

You Relapsed. Now What?

Respond immediately, don’t wait

Once you have relapsed, it’s important that you act right away. The longer you wait to start working back toward recovery, the more time your relapse has to grow and become worse. Getting right back up again is your best chance.

Prepare to make major changes

When you begin recovery, you have a plan in place to help you stay on track. Relapse knocks you off that track. Now you must go back and see what it was that triggered your relapse. Once you figure out what caused you to relapse, you should find a way to fix that and take the trigger out of your life. This could end up being a major change and you have to be prepared for that.

Take a look at your support system

Often times addicts don’t have an adequate support system, especially in early recovery. Take a look at who is there for you. Maybe your support system isn’t as strong as it should be. Maybe it’s full of enablers. If that’s the case, rework it. “Break up” with the people who aren’t going to help you move forward and keep the ones who will close to you. Look to loved ones to help you through this relapse and getting back on track to recovery.

Put guilt, shame and resentment to rest

Relapse happens. You just have to get back up and keep moving forward. There’s nothing worse than beating yourself up over your mistake or convincing yourself that you have let yourself and your loved ones down. Letting those feelings build inside of you will only make getting back into recovery harder.

Go back to treatment

This might be the last thing you want to consider. You already went through all of this, so why do it again? Sometimes going back to the beginning and retracing your steps is exactly what you need to help you move further forward.

Forgive yourself for being imperfect

You’re only human, therefore you’re not perfect. This doesn’t make you a bad person. It just means that you haven’t yet figured out how to beat your triggers or found ways to distract yourself when you’re feeling like you might relapse.

Keep it simple

Try not to overwhelm yourself moving forward. Just like when you first began treatment, you need to take it slow. Start again with staying clean for one day, and then another day. Then, when you’re ready, look ahead further. You already know you can do it, because you did it before you relapsed. All you have to do now, is get back to that point and then surpass it.

Learn from your relapse

The most important thing to remember, is to learn from this. Take a look, not just at the situation, but at yourself. Who were you as a full-on addict and who were you in recovery? What did this relapse do to that person? Taking the time to see how you can grow in both of those ways will help you immensely as you move forward.

You relapsed. Now what? If you need support and have questions as you overcome an addiction, give us a call today at 855.981.2020.


Artesian Recovery & Wellness Centers, LLC is all about recovery that lasts. Our holistic approach is what sets us apart from traditional treatment centers.  A fresh start is a beautiful thing, so let us join you on your path to recovery.  Contact us today.

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