It is said in the rooms of AA and NA that relapse is a part of recovery, and there is a lesson to be learned from each relapse. While a slip does not have to be part of your recovery story, far more important than this deviation from sobriety is what you do immediately following a slip. If you’ve make the unfortunate decision to have an alcoholic drink, even just one, there are several things you need to do in order to protect yourself from a more significant and prolonged relapse event.
The first thing you must do is disclose to your sober community the fact that you’ve had a slip. Often addicts whose drug of choice was something like opiates or methamphetamines feel that taking one alcoholic drink is hardly a slip at all, but this is a dangerous perspective to entertain. As is repeated in the rooms of recovery, alcohol IS a drug, and its effect on your mind and mood can and will lead you right back to your preferred intoxi