Relapse, also called return to use, is not unusual in recovery from substance use disorder. In fact, some addiction experts think it is part of the disease.
When we think of relapse, we might picture stepping off a cliff. But we dont just wake up one day at the edge of that cliff. The path that leads to a return to use begins long before we take that first drink or hit, so its important to pay attention to the warning signs and take action to interrupt the relapse process.
Its also important to remember that if we do go over that cliff, there are lifesaving vines we can grab. There is always a way back to recovery.
This pamphlet will help readers learn how to identify relapse warning signs, help step off the path to relapse, and return to a strong and healthy recovery.
Relapse is often part of the recovery process, so learning the warning signs can help strengthen your recovery. When you can recognize the warning signs in this pamphlet, you¿ll be able to use recovery support tools and reduce the risk of relapse.