Relapses in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can be difficult to manage. But, with the right strategies, you can handle them and continue to make progress.
What is a Relapse?
A relapse is a return to drinking or drug use after a period of abstinence. It can be a short-term or long-term return to substance use. It’s important to understand that relapses are part of recovery and they can happen to anyone in recovery.
Recognizing the Signs of Relapse
It’s important to be aware of the signs of relapse so you can take steps to prevent it. Warning signs may include:
• Becoming isolated from friends and family
• Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
• Feeling overwhelmed or stressed
• Changes in sleeping or eating habits
• An increase in negative thinking
Strategies for Handling Relapses
If you do relapse, it’s important to take steps to get back on track. Here are some strategies for handling relapses:
• Reach out for support. Talk to a friend, family member, or therapist about how you’re feeling.
• Identify the triggers. Think about what led to the relapse and how you can avoid it in the future.
• Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly.
• Re-engage in recovery activities. Attend support group meetings, practice mindfulness, and use other coping strategies.
• Seek professional help. If you’re struggling to cope with the relapse, consider speaking to a mental health professional.
Relapses can be difficult to manage, but with the right strategies, you can get back on track. Remember to reach out for support, identify the triggers, take care of yourself, re-engage in recovery activities, and seek professional help if needed. With the right help and support, you can move forward in your recovery journey.