Tag Archive: relapse recovery

  1. Recovering from Relapse

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    Recovering from RelapseAn adolescent recovering addict’s therapists, sponsor, and fellow recovery group members can play an essential role in helping him to recover from a relapse. Unlike friends or family members who will not understand a recovering addict’s struggles, they will offer support and advice to help an addict overcome any negative emotions associated with a relapse. If nothing else, they can give a recovering addict a sounding board. They will be listened to without being judged. A recovering addict who has experienced a relapse should reach out to their support networks as soon as possible after a relapse.

    Addiction recovery requires addicts to make a long-term commitment to sobriety. A young adult who has suffered a relapse in their addiction might feel that they have abandoned that commitment. Rather than feeling trapped by that sense of abandonment, guilt, shame, and failure, they should promptly renew their commitment to get and stay sober. This can involve a painful self-examination to determine the causes of the relapse and an admission of his own shortcomings. A renewed commitment to sobriety coupled with an admission of mistakes will give him a platform to rebuild his self-esteem and to continue with a recovery program.

    Recovering from Relapse

    Immediate action should be taken after the event of a relapse. If detox is necessary, it should be entered as soon as possible to avoid furthering the chemical dependency. After detox, a young person in recovery should return to their regular programs of recovery. Should they pose a risk to themselves or others, they might require another round of inpatient or outpatient treatment. Otherwise, they simply need to ramp up their recovery efforts. More meetings, regular meetings with a therapist, and another honest attempt at the 12 steps are great ways to start. Getting “in the middle of the herd”, it is said, includes socializing and making friends with other young people who are excited about recovery in their lives.

    Relapse for many is a monumental turning point to change the theme and direction of his recovery. Some report feeling that they “needed” their relapse in order to truly appreciate recovery. However, keeping an “attitude of gratitude” is a way to maintain that appreciation on a daily basis. Those who are grateful for their sobriety rarely contradict it with a relapse. Find ways to stay grateful for everything sober life provides and never feel the need to drink and use again.


    Sustain Recovery Services in southern California helps adolescents and young adults to recover from drug addiction and alcoholism. We believe long term sobriety is possible. Our extended care services offer young people in recovery a loving home environment coupled with structure, community, and fun. Please see our website or call us at 949-407-9052 for more information.

  2. Coming Clean About Not Staying Clean: Communicating Relapse

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    Coming Clean About Not Staying Clean: Communicating RelapseRecovery from drug addiction and alcoholism begins with the firm commitment to get- and stay- sober. That commitment inherently forces honest communication about a relapse. Relapse is an unfortunate part of many adolescent’s recovery journeys. Getting sober at a young age can be difficult. By the time many other people their age are starting to party or have fun experimenting with substances, your teen is maintaining sobriety or entering treatment for the first time. Needs to fit in, be a part of, or feel “normal” can take precedence over understanding of the fatal consequences of substance abuse.

    Relapse itself is never as dangerous as the actions taken after the relapse. Sadly, oftentimes that “one last time” is the very last time. The body, completely clean from drugs and alcohol, is unequipped to handle one more hit or drink. Other times, “just one more” leads to many more. It may be years before an adolescent returns to recovery as an adult. With honest communication, relapse can be and remain a singular episode.  

    If your loved one has made the commitment to sobriety, you will want to encourage them to be as honest as possible as soon as possible. Have them contact their sponsor and take accountability for their action. Calling their treatment providers and counselors on their own will prevent them from perpetuating any cycle of lying or deception. Many programs have a zero-tolerance policy. However, when a client honestly and willingly admits their relapse, program directors may be inclined to make accommodations. Facing the consequences of a relapse despite the fear of what might happen next will be a better practice for ongoing recovery.

    Sharing the relapse experience at group level will rarely be met with shame, blame, or criticism. Peers, sponsors, and professionals in recovery have likely experienced relapse and understand the incredible challenge which is long term sobriety. Honestly approaching relapse will open the door to support, encouragement and guidance for getting back on track and starting again.

    Learning from a relapse only happens once the relapse ends. Getting back into treatment or a structured after care program will promote understanding the triggers which might have lead to relapse. Drinking and using happens when our adolescent loved one forgets that drugs and alcohol aren’t the solution to whatever problems they are facing.


    There is a solution to drug addiction and alcoholism. We find and practice it each day through our unique adolescent and young adult aftercare program at Sustain Recovery Services. Call us at 949-407-9052 for a confidential consultation and answers to your questions about the importance of extended care services for long term sobriety.

The people at Sustain Recovery are truly passionate about their work. They put all their love, energy and spiritual strength in to it. They continue to support me today as I continue my ongoing journey in my personal recovery. I now have over a year of sobriety, my own apartment, a job, true friends and a support network that is always available to me. Although all that stuff is great, what matters most today is that I love myself and have the ability to love others. Thank you to all who had a hand and heart in Sustain Recovery

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