Long-term Recovery and the Possibility of Relapse

Long-term Recovery

By Terence T. Gorski, Author

Long-term recovery is possible. It happens all the time. The proof is all around us. Some people achieve long-term recovery after their first attempt. Others find long-term recovery after one or more relapse episodes. Some people die of the disease. Relapse is more often a temporary setback than a sign of permanent failure.

RELAPSE IS NOT A NECESSARY PART OF RECOVERY. Some people, however, do relapse.

At times the relapse is fatal. Many times it is not.

Many recovering people have several relapse episodes and they learn vital lessons from each one and eventually achieve long-term recovery.

Addiction is a chronic lifestyle-related disease. The antidote for addiction is to live a sober and responsible life.

My primary message is this: If you start drinking/drugging again and have a moment of sanity — reach out for help.

I am not saying that relapse is a necessary thing or a good thing. I am just saying that relapse tends to be part of recovery from chronic lifestyle related illnesses, of which alcoholism and drug addiction is one.

Have a plan to prevent relapse should you experience early relapse warning signs.

Have an emergency plan to stop relapse quickly should it occur.

Learn to live and enjoy life fully in a sober and responsible way.

Respect the power of the disease and the fallibility within our human nature.

Expect the best in recovery and work to achieve it. Have an emergency Plan B to stop relapse quickly and get back into recovery.

I hope you will never need to use Plan B. Having a Plan B, however, can save lives should a relapse occur.

Live Sober – Be Responsible – Live Free

2 Responses to Long-term Recovery and the Possibility of Relapse

  1. ChuckSigler says:

    Reposted this on my Facebook page. I have used your material for years. Thanks for this blog.

  2. Guy Lamunyon says:

    Terry, The majority of the relapses I have seen in long term recovery (20 years) were related to the loss of a family member or significant other. I now caution clients to seek additional support in the event of the death of a loved one. Guy

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