Recovery After Relapse There are many points of view on a relapse. One school of thought says that relapse may be part of the recovery process. It has also been stated that relapse occurs only when the commitment to being clean and sober is weaker than the desire to use again. Yet others claim that relapse is a symptom of a brain disease called addiction that occurs in some drug users, but not others. Regardless of your perspective, for people suffering from drug addiction, relapse is an event with potentially catastrophic consequences. Even if one were only clean and sober for a short while, that probably enough to be aware more »Continue Reading
Activating Events & Relapse
Activating Events & Relapse An activating event can be big and it can be small. A small activating event might be stubbing your toe or getting a parking ticket. Big events might be losing a job, a break-up or a death in the family. These activating events are bound to happen in life and it’s the way that we deal with these activating events that can put us back into the cycle of addiction. Activating events will produce uncomfortable feelings, this could be sadness this can be anger, this can be any kind of adverse or negative emotional state. When negative feelings come up in response to an event, they more »Continue Reading
What Constitutes A Relapse?
What Constitutes A Relapse? Relapse occurs when a once abstinent individual ingests a substance in order to get high, experience euphoria or blot out feelings and consciousness, whatever the reason. So, when it come to relapse, intent is everything. Some difference of opinion however, exists between different 12-step groups as to the precise meaning of a relapse. Two common definitions seem to exist, one held by AA, the other a commonly-held belief of people in the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous. The organization Alcoholics Anonymous does not require any particular viewpoint. When we talk about the AA view we’re talking about a way of thinking commonly held by members of AA, more »Continue Reading