What to do After a Relapse

Addiction is a disease without a cure. You are never truly rid of your addiction, you have just eliminated substance abuse as your form of medicine for the underlying issues. Because of this, you are always one decision away from a drink or a drug. Relapse is a very real issue in the recovery community, and it can happen to anyone regardless of how much sobriety time they have accrued. Relapse does not have to destroy all the progress you’ve made so long as you take action quickly to correct it.

First, you should disclose to those who support you in your recovery that you’ve had a relapse. This can be challenging, as many addicts feel a great deal of guilt and shame about relapsing. Do not give in to these feelings and try to hide what is going on in your life, as that will only lead to continued substance use. Pick up the phone and talk about what you are thinking, feeling, and doing so that others who have been where you are can help get you through this trying time.

Once you have confided in your sober supports, they will want to get together and take you to a 12-step meeting. You should absolutely agree to go with them – a 12-step meeting is the safest and most productive environment for you in these moments. Make sure you raise your hand and share about what is going on while you are there, and despite any trepidation you may be feeling you should pick up a 24 hour chip/key tag. These are important steps to take in order to overcome those feelings of guilt and shame. Getting past those feelings will allow you to accept the help you need to get back on track.

Depending on the duration of your relapse, admission to a detox facility may be in order. You should discuss this with your sponsor and sober supports. You can also call our Admissions Counselors at 833-818-3031 as we can help you determine whether or not medical detox would be a good idea for your situation. Do not shy away from the idea of admission to a facility despite any seemingly rational excuses you may be thinking of such as a job or responsibilities in the world at large. Your sobriety is the most important thing in your life, and if you do not maintain it you will be unable to tend to those responsibilities properly.

Throughout this whole process, try to remember there is no shame in relapse. It is a common occurrence and while it should not be taken lightly, it is not the end of the world. More important than the relapse itself is what you do about it. You can either bury your head in the sand and go about life as if nothing has happened, or you can admit you made a mistake, correct the problem, and experience some growth. Evolutions Treatment Center is here to help you make the right choice in this trying time. Call us today at 833-818-3031 so we may help you get back on track in your sobriety.


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 visitwww.evolutionstreatment.com