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What should I do if I have a relapse into addiction?

Fredrick Wade
Addiction Medicine
The first thing one should do is tell someone in their support system that they have relapsed. This may be a sponsor, counselor, support group member, or the group itself. Secondly, you must do everything in your power to learn from the relapse.  Reviewing what set you up whether it be a place, person, or event is of significant importance to your ongoing recovery.  The lapse informs you and those in your support system of an area of your life that you either are not managing properly or not paying proper attention to. In either case the point here is to recognize that the relapse is rich with information to be garnered and used to help diminish or impede relapse in similar situations in the future. 
If you experience a relapse during your recovery from substance abuse, don't give up. Call your sponsor, counselor or friend. You can also attend a support group meeting. Take your mind off the relapse by participating in activities you enjoy, exercising or going for a walk.

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