I just had a Relapse - What Should I Do?

Recovery is a daily battle against your addiction, one which requires constant maintenance of your mental, physical, and emotional health. Because of the effort and vigilance required, relapse is an unfortunately reality in the recovery community. This is nothing to beat yourself up about - addiction is a chronic illness with flare-ups just like diabetes or cancer, the only difference being the form of treatment required to achieve remission. If you find yourself in a situation where you’ve just relapsed, here are some steps you should take as soon as possible in order to prevent you from spiraling out of control and losing all the progress you’ve made in life.

First, you need to reach out to your sponsor and sober supports to let them know exactly what is going on with you. This is a very humbling experience, but it is important you let those close to you know about your relapse lest you hide your mistake and continue using. Share everything you are feeling and experiencing, and act on whatever advice you receive from them. Talk them through what led up to your relapse so you can work with them to uncover the disharmony which caused you to pick up again. Hearken back to the honesty and willingness you first approached your recovery with and strive for these values in your communication with your sober supports at this critical time.

Now that you have established an open line of communication with those close to you, you should work with them to determine whether or not a return to inpatient detox and treatment would be beneficial for your recovery. If you have caught this slip early and have not graduated to regular use, it is likely a return to your 12-step recovery groups of choice with renewed vigor will be sufficient to restore your sobriety. However, if your relapse has spanned more than a few days, it may be advisable to return to an inpatient detox facility to stabilize yourself medically before attempting a return to recovery.

Recovery is unique to everyone, and relapse is a part of many people’s journey in sobriety. While you will hopefully avoid this stumbling block in your recovery, should you have a slip in your sobriety it is vitally important you take action to restore your footing in recovery as soon as possible. At Evolutions, we are always here to help those who are struggling to maintain their sobriety, whether this help be in the form of outpatient treatment or admittance to our detox. If you are slipping in your sobriety, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 so we can help you get back on track in your recovery today!


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit www.evolutionstreatment.com