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April 26, 2023

Surviving Relapse: Navigating Early Addiction Recovery and How to Deal with Shame and Guilt

Surviving Relapse: Navigating Early Addiction Recovery and How to Deal with Shame and Guilt
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In this episode of Sober is Dope, we discuss the difficult topic of relapse and provide practical tips for getting back on track with sobriety after consuming alcohol. From seeking support to avoiding triggers, we offer insights to help you navigate this challenging time and continue on your journey toward recovery. Join us as we explore the ups and downs of sobriety and celebrate the power of perseverance and self-care.

If you have relapsed and consumed alcohol after a period of sobriety, it's important to take action to get back on track with your recovery. Here are some tips to help you sober up after a relapse:

  1. Acknowledge the relapse and forgive yourself. Remember that setbacks are a normal part of the recovery process.
  2. Seek support from your therapist, support group, or trusted loved ones. They can offer non-judgmental support and guidance.
  3. Avoid triggers that may have led to the relapse. This may mean avoiding certain social situations or people who may encourage you to drink.
  4. Refocus on your recovery goals and the reasons why you chose to get sober in the first place.
  5. Make a plan for moving forward, including steps you can take to prevent future relapses.
  6. Practice self-care by getting enough rest, eating well, and engaging in exercise or other physical activities that you enjoy.
  7. Take steps to manage stress and anxiety, such as through mindfulness techniques, journaling, or deep breathing exercises.
  8. Attend therapy or counseling sessions to address any underlying emotional issues that may have contributed to the relapse.
  9. Seek out support from others who have experienced relapse and learn from their experiences.
  10. Consider medication-assisted treatment options under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
  11. Celebrate small victories and progress towards your recovery goals.
  12. Stay committed to your recovery and remember that sobriety is a journey, not a destination.
  13. Understand that relapse is not a failure and that it's never too late to get back on track with your recovery.
  14. Be patient with yourself and trust the process of recovery.
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