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, About.com’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 Owner at BreakingTheCycles.com
Author of nine books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!" and "Quick Guide to Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and hundreds of articles, Lisa Frederiksen is a national keynote speaker, consultant and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than a decade researching, writing, speaking and consulting on substance abuse prevention, mental illness, addiction as a brain disease, dual diagnosis, secondhand drinking | drugging, help for the family and related subjects – all centered around 21st century brain, mental health and addiction-related research. She can be reached via email at lisaf@BreakingTheCycles.com or by phone, 650-362-3026.

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