What is Relapse?
Relapse is often thought of as a moment in time when an individual takes a drink or does drugs. But relapse is also often an incremental process of slipping – returning to old habits, behaviors or environments that were once problematic, or allowing attention to veer from the healthy lifestyle practices that are important for sustaining recovery. There are many ways that people can become vulnerable to relapse – not getting sufficient sleep, not eating well, entering into unhealthy relationships, skipping support meetings, as well as not adhering to a schedule, practicing self-care, or managing co-occurring disorders such as depression.
There’s no doubt that maintaining sobriety takes focus and resolve, especially at the beginning of recovery but also at some level throughout a lifetime. At Bluff, we believe that people benefit greatly when they don’t try to go through it alone. Through our recovery planning and chronic relapse prevention program, individuals stay connected and build the support system they need to stay connected, motivated, healthy and sober.