Anyone who’s walked the road of recovery knows that there’s no quick-fix “cure” for substance use disorders.
Staying on the right path means a lifetime of maintenance and care – and unfortunately, possible incidents of relapse.
Relapse can seem so common in the rooms of 12 Step fellowships that some people even go so far as to say that relapse is a natural part of the recovery process.
Relapse is obviously not required, but is it normal?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates for people who go through addiction treatment are between 40 and 60%. That’s similar to relapse rates for other chronic diseases like diabetes.
So, people who relapse have no reason to spiral in to shame. More importantly, there’s no reason to think that there’s no hope for recovery after relapse.
If your relapse prevention strategies have failed and you find yourself in a slip, take action to turn things around ASAP.
Call a recovery friend, hit a meeting, or consider entering sober living or a treatment program.
It’s crucial to ensure that your relapse doesn’t take you out for good. Fatal relapse is a real possibility.
Because even after relapse, recovery is possible.