Relapse Is The Best Teacher

The numbers are out, up to 80 percent of alcoholics treated for a drinking problem will drink again. The good news is they can learn from a relapse; it often reveals to the alcoholic how serious the problem is. We often hear how alcoholism is a progressive disease, one that continues to worsen even if one stays sober for long periods of time. Some alcoholics use the analogy that the disease of alcoholism is doing push-ups in the parking lot during a period of sobriety, getting stronger and more damaging all the time.

The devastation of a “slip” can be the event that brings an alcoholic or addict to their lowest point and that bottom can be the catalyst for finally surrendering to the disease and the willingness to be sober. Many people do eventually overcome their addictions. In the biggest survey on alcohol use, only one-quarter of people dependent on alcohol were still drinking the following year. Another long-term study revealed that, for cocaine addicts who had gone through treatment, more than half were clean five years later, according to Psychology Today.

Relapse is no longer seen as a catastrophe. The key is to view an episode of backsliding as a chance to learn, an opportunity to develop better tools for overcoming urges. At Tranquil Shores our clinical staff believes that clients can learn from their mistakes. Our clients have the opportunity to develop a recovery model that addresses the reality of relapse while applying learned skills for dealing with triggers.

Tranquil Shores offers a program that includes a method to help people get back on the straight and narrow should a relapse occur. Call our credentialed admissions counselors today and learn more about relapse prevention and reclaim your life!

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