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How do I deal with my emotions if I relapse?

10 Answers
Last Updated: 03/01/2016 at 8:43am
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Top Rated Answers
December 6th, 2014 8:17pm
It is normal to relapse, the best thing to do is to leave the guilt behind and pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again. The worst feeling in the world Is giving up after the relapse. Keep going!!!
November 22nd, 2014 11:52am
Having been there myself, I can say that the emotions are difficult to deal with. Just try and remember, you have stopped before! You can stop again! Believe in your strength to overcome!
November 22nd, 2014 10:59pm
Having a safe suport plan set up that's helped in the past is smart ! I also find watching the sunrise and being by the water emotionally grounding
- Expert in Alcohol/Drug Abuse
October 27th, 2014 2:45am
Well, you can always try to deal with the emotions like you used to before the relapse occurs. I mean, if you began to workout or start baking, try continuing with those things. Do the things that make you happy. Sometimes the relapse can just occur for a few minutes, but can also last a longer period than that. Try not to change up your routine and continue doing what brings a smile to your lips!
November 24th, 2014 4:29pm
seek professional help to guide you through your process. most people who have an addiction problem need help and giudence
December 14th, 2014 5:46pm
First know that it is not your fault as relapse is a result from a disease whether it be alcohol, drugs, or rehab for anything else. Try to take a step back first and then remind yourself that you are in control of you.
December 24th, 2014 2:08am
Relapsing I believe is very much part of the process of self healing, you should recognize your errors and keep trying to get better. Whatever negative emotion you could feel during the relapse do not let it overcome you because nobody is perfect, make introspection and keep trying to be in control of your life.
January 7th, 2015 9:27am
It can be difficult to cope with the overwhelming feelings that come with relapsing, however its good to keep reminding yourself of how far you've come in your recovery and how far you will go. Use coping methods to overcome the urge to relapse if it appears again, and speak to people you trust (family, friends, therapist) about how you are feeling so they can support you :)
December 29th, 2015 6:37pm
Allow yourself the opportunity to find comfort and solace in a trusted companion as you explain and vent about your relapse.
March 1st, 2016 8:43am
First, it is important to try not to be too hard on yourself. Relapse is common and is actually considered to be one of the stages of the recovery process in the Stages of Change Model. Try to avoid viewing yourself as weak or a failure, and remind yourself that you have a choice in how to go forward. That being said, it is important to act quickly after a relapse to remain in recovery and avoid ending up back in a situation of continuing to use. Reaffirm your commitment to recovery and seek out the support of someone who is supportive of your recovery. Remember that the next day is a new chance for recovery, and try to consider the relapse as a learning experience and ultimately a chance to grow.