Relapse: How to Get Back on the Path of Sobriety

Relapse is a common part of the recovery process for many addicts and alcoholics. It doesn't have to be, but even the Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text, the model on which the 12-step program's recovery solution is based, devotes an entire chapter to “Recovery and Relapse.” Unfortunately, relapse rates for people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction are quite high, with studies showing that about 40 to 60% of people relapse within 30 days of leaving an inpatient treatment center for drugs and alcohol, and up to 85% relapse within the first year. It's important for those struggling with alcohol dependence or other substance dependence to recognize the high risk of relapse, be aware of their own personal triggers, and learn to cope with their triggers and emotions in a healthy way. By understanding the common risks of addiction relapse, people can be better equipped and better able to sustain their recovery.

Accepting that relapse is a normal part of the recovery process is a more useful way of looking at it. People and treatment programs that embrace this view are more successful, and in the long run, those who accept and work to try again after a relapse are more likely to overcome their addiction. If you've experienced a relapse, there are many things you can do to get back on the path of sobriety. Here is a list of 10 common triggers that contribute to addiction relapse:.