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When it comes to behavior change in our lives, relapse can be a cycle in that process. Relapse is often referred to when it comes to recovery, however, we can relapse in other behavior changes as well (i.e going to the gym, improving our diet or nutrition, setting boundaries, or improving our relationships). Consistent behavior change can be difficult to obtain and maintain, especially regarding sobriety. Here are a few helpful things to keep in mind if you have relapsed.
Relapse can be a part of recovery, but it does not have to dictate your recovery. It can be difficult to get back on track. We can feel low about ourselves in the process. However, relapse is not the end. Use the resources you have and keep fighting.
Author: Stephanie Pruefer, MA, LPC, CADC – Footprints to Recovery – Primary Counselor