Relapse happens -- not to everyone, and not always. But relapse is not unusual, especially if someone stops following their treatment plan. When it does happen, it's more helpful to focus on how to respond to it rather than to become discouraged or fixate on the relapse itself.
An effective way of handling the possibility of relapse is to plan for it. A relapse prevention plan is an important step in overall recovery. A relapse prevention plan puts down in writing the factors that could lead to relapse and how to respond to each one. Those factors can include how to handle:
An advisor, sponsor or counselor can help guide you or a loved one through developing a relapse prevention plan. A solid relapse prevention plan includes a detailed action plan and how to act on it, with guidelines for personal self-care, plus steps to take to deal with urges and cravings, and contact info for people to reach out to in times of need.
Relapse prevention is best addressed before it happens, with a detailed relapse prevention plan and guidelines for how to implement it.
Our course and workbook can help you address the factors to include in that plan, and steps to take when situations call for additional assistance.