8 thoughts on “Relapse Is a Process, Not an Event

  • August 6, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Triggers are the route to relapse, relapse prevention is only possible when we are able to recognise a trigger and have the knowledge and understanding to deal with it. If a person had suffered multiple acute trauma they will be in a state of constant triggers living your life will be triggering, in the usa it has been recognised as complex post traumatic stress disorder not recognised in the UK basically it’s multiple traumas going on for a long time unfortunate the physclogical help is not available to the masses because it’s expensive for the highly qualified specialists so the victims of trauma end up self medicating to bring whatever short term releif they can yes they know it’s not helping long term BUT the real fault lies at the office door of the governing bodies that determine the budgets and treatment available
    I believe behind every addiction is mental health illness that has been ignored and untreated due to affordability

    • August 7, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Thank you. Yes, addiction never occurs in a vacuum, there are underlying traumatic events driving the self defeating behaviors.

      We encourage you not to go about trying to recover all alone. Find support at a 12 step meeting and carefully work through the 12 steps with a kind and patient sponsor.

      You may find our relapse prevention guide “An Ounce of Prevention” helpful in supplementing the therapeutic challenges you are facing. While it is not designed to take the place of a competent trauma specialist it can be a good beginning. You can find our relapse pervention course guide on our website at http://bit.ly/2b0OHXg or on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2aDezmg

  • August 7, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I could not agree more! Thank you for this article. It’s puts the responsibility of relapse prevention squarely on the addict with a “no excuses” approach. I have used this style with all addicts in seeing their role in their addiction and they always seem surprised. We always have a choice!

    • August 7, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Lcarey we could not agree with you more. Client want to justify that they will relapse because, after all, the are powerless. While it is true, that addicts are powerless without assistance to beat their addiction in one on one combat without help, they are not powerless to take the necessary recovery and intervention actions that will effectively keep them from making a decision to return to their drug of choice or behavior.

  • August 11, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Another outstanding article to have the privilege of reading.


      • September 19, 2016 at 7:08 am

        I do agree with what very little i have read, though my question is, when is it considered relapse during a long term abstinence, for example if one would have 1 year of complete abstinence from Alcohol and drinks a glass of Wine, is that Person in Relapse?

      • September 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

        Edwin, “a relapse does not start with a drink, it ends with a drink” – meaning that at some point preceding the “1 drink” after a full year of sobriety there is a process of increasing discomfort plus increasing justification for drinking. The person who took 1 drink was already in a relapse prior to the drink. This emotional process of relapse preceding the first drink will be the subject of future articles in our upcoming blogs.


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