If you have recently tried to quit drinking or using drugs but have had a relapse and returned to your use, you are not alone in your struggle. Statistics suggest that up to 90 percent of people who try to quit substance abuse have at least one relapse before achieving long term sobriety. When it happens, it's important that you understand that you are not alone and that you can return to your fight against your addiction. Although you may be feeling rather upset with yourself, there are many people who are living proof that you can have a relapse and then achieve long term sobriety as long as you are willing to keep trying.
For many people who are in early recovery stages, there are a lot of factors that can trigger a relapse. Relapse is predictable and preventable assuming that the individual is able to recognize the triggers in their lives and work towards avoiding them. They need to focus on other, more healthy activities that can replace what they would be doing if they were participating in substance abuse. For example, some people like to start working out more often, other people find a hobby that calms them. It all varies by the individual and their interests and needs.
Getting treatment is always very important. If you are having a relapse, you can't just deal with your addiction on your own. You should go back to your treatment program or to your counselor and let them know what happened. A lot of people stall on this element because they feel ashamed about what they did. However, there's no reason to be ashamed. It happens to most people who have an addiction. Likewise, no one at the rehab facility is going to fault you for your relapse.
For some people, dealing with their relapse and getting treatment is easier when they think of everyone who is depending on them. Some people have children that they want to take care of, other people have aging parents that they're concerned about. Some people have spouses or siblings that they know are worried about them based on their substance abuse. A relapse is a reminder that they don't want to get involved with substance abuse again because these people are depending on them to be able to recover and get back to enjoying life with them on a sober level.
Ultimately, although you may be feeling upset with yourself because of your relapse, it's important to understand that everyone makes mistakes. Use this opportunity to learn from your mistake and to work harder towards resuming your treatment. It's normal that many people who are addicted to substance abuse will have a relapse. The only way you won't have success against your addiction is if you completely give up on pursuing your treatment -- so don't give up! Listen to your friends, your family, your loved ones, and your counselor for guidance on recovering from your relapse and working towards sobriety again.