Signs of a Relapse

A recent post, today, about the signs of a relapse, is worth reading. Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease. This means relapse can be part of recovering from this brain disease, which is what makes knowing these signs especially important.

Quoting from the opening paragraphs of Buddy T,’s article, Warning Signs of an Alcohol or Drug Relapse:

Relapse is so common in the alcohol and drug recovery process that it is estimated more than 90 percent of those trying to remain abstinent have at least one relapse before they achieve lasting sobriety. But a relapse, sometimes called a “slip,” doesn’t begin when you pick up a drink or a drug. It is a slow process that begins long before you actually use.

The steps to a relapse are actually changes in attitudes, feelings and behaviors that gradually lead to the final step, picking up a drink or a drug.

And for anot
her great explanation of relapse, check out Understanding Addiction: What Is a Relapse?

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Lisa Frederiksen

Lisa Frederiksen

Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at
Lisa is the author of 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!", "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker, consultant and founder of She has spent more than 13 years researching, writing, speaking and consulting on substance misuse prevention, intervention and treatment; mental illness; addiction as a brain disease; effective co-occurring disorders' treatment; secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family and related subjects – all centered around 21st century brain and addiction-related research. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies, public agencies, unions, nonprofits and other entities to address the workplace impacts of employee secondhand drinking and alcohol misuse.

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