What to do If A Relapse Occurs -
Use the relapse as a learning experience
See the relapse as a specific, unique event
Examine the relapse openly in order to reduce the amount of guilt and/or shame you may feel.
Analyse the triggers for the relapse.
Examine what the expectations about drinking were at the time (what did you anticipate drinking would accomplish in the situation?).
Plan for dealing with the aftermath/consequences of the relapse
Tell yourself that control is only a moment away
Renew your commitment to abstinence
Make immediate plans for recovery - don't hesitate, do it now!
Contact your counsellor and discuss slips
"Counterfeiters exist because there is such a thing as real gold"
"To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be"
- Miguel de Unamuno
"Human addiction is largely a product of the mind and not the body"
- Professor of Psychology Dartmouth Medical School
"A barbarian.... is one who thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature"
- George Bernard Shaw
"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind"
- Rudyard Kipling
"After the fire, ashes; after the rain, roses"
"For every bottle there is a cork"
"Quitting smoking is easy. I have done it hundreds of times"
- Mark Twain
"The outcome for people who are heavily dependent on alcohol or drugs is much better than once thought. There is now an impressive body of research that shows that even people with severe dependency on drugs or alcohol can recover from their addictions at some point"
- Handbook of Clinical Adult Psychology (p405)
"I always keep a supply of stimulant handy in case I see a snake - which I also keep handy"
- W. C. Fields
"It does appear that the generally accepted professional and public impression that nicotine addiction, heroin addiction and obesity are almost hopelessly difficult conditions to correct is flatly wrong. People can and do cure themselves of smoking, obesity and heroin addiction. They do so in large numbers and for long periods of time, in many cases apparently permanently"
- Dr. S. Schachter
"Therapy is often a matter of tipping the first domino"
- Milton Erickson
"If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay as he is, but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be"
"What you need, in trying to help people, are the qualities of a good bar tender - sympathy, willingness to listen and intuition"
- Frank Bucham