Addiction Relapse: Getting Back On Track

September 3, 2010

Your drug rehab counselor says relapse can happen to anyone going through recovery. Your recovery friends tell you it’s part of the process, it’s not the end of the world, and you can get through it. That’s what they say, anyway. It sure feels like the bottom of a dark pit to you.

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Your efforts with sobriety are not lost just because you’ve had a relapse. Nothing positive you do with your sobriety is ever lost. You just need to find it again – it’s still yours and it’s still inside you. You may feel down and out now, but you are just one step away from getting your sobriety back on track.

Take One Step Back To Sobriety

That’s right, it just takes one step to get back on the path of sobriety. What is that step? It’s the decision that you are going to be sober for the next moment no matter what it takes. Don’t think about next week, last month, yesterday, or tomorrow.

The next moment is all you need to focus on. Before long, the next moment turns into the moment after that, and the next five minutes, and the next hour. Whatever you need to do to stay sober for the very near future will get you through the worst of it.

Get a hold of a good sober friend and start talking. Go somewhere with a lot people where you can just walk around for a while. Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, maybe even some sunshine. Find some good music and soak it up. Do something that distracts you from the cravings, changes your mood, gets you out of isolation, or gets you away from your triggers.

Put One Foot In Front Of The Other
Black-and-white thinking is a big part of addiction. Even when you are sober, this kind of negative all-or-nothing outlook can make sobriety challenging. You tend to look too far out into the future with many “what if” questions.

It will help you more to stay with your current moment of reality. When you get caught up in lots of worry about staying sober in the future, you lose sight of what you can do to be sober right here and now. The future will take care of itself. Stay where you have the power, the moment you are in right now.
Rebuild Your Sobriety After Relapse

Take that one small step towards sobriety and slowly build your future again. Don’t let the emotional leftovers of your relapse take away the importance of this first step. It’s the beginning of your sobriety and it’s important. If you have trouble taking this first step, talk to a drug or alcohol rehab counselor for more help. You can call us anytime to learn more about getting and staying sober.

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