Relapse Resources

Below are summaries and links for ten relapse-related articles, divided into four sub-topics. To access the complete versions of any article, either click the name of the article (or its URL) or copy the URL and paste it into your browser’s address window.

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Understanding Relapse

5 Things You Need to Know About Relapse

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  • Summary: People in recovery (and their family members) are often terrified by the thought of a relapse. The reality is that relapses are common – but they aren’t the end of the world. This article helps to dispel some of the mystery and stigma that too often accompanies discussions of relapse.
  • Source: The Partnership at

Why Relapse Isn’t a Sign of Failure


Relapse Prevention Information

Relapse Prevention: Know Your Triggers

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  • Summary: Being aware of the risks before they present themselves is an essential component of maintaining your recovery. This article discusses 10 common triggers, and provides information on how to avoid or address them before they harm your recovery.
  • Source: CRC Health Group

Relapse Prevention – Planning for Success

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  • Summary: Relapse Prevention Planning is based on the experiences and successes of many people just like you who have already traveled the road to recovery. It recognizes that the road often has many rough patches, and that to succeed on this road you will need a relapse prevention plan.
  • Source: Alberta Health Services

How to Prevent Opiate Addiction Relapse

5 Ways to Avoid Addiction Relapse


Recovering from Relapse

7 Strategies to Help You Recovery from a Relapse

Facing Yourself After Relapse

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  • Summary:  You slipped. You had a relapse. It’s time to face the facts, pick yourself up, and start back on the road to recovery. The tendency is to heap blame on yourself, to feel that somehow you should have been able to avoid a relapse. That’s counter-productive. Here’s a more constructive way to face yourself after relapse.
  • Source: Addiction Treatment Magazine


Relapse Information for Family & Friends

 Recognizing the Signs of a Loved One’s Relapse

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  • Summary: Your daughter acts unusually aloof, even for a teenager. Your husband works late and can’t take your phone calls. Legit behaviors? Perhaps. But for those of us living with a loved one in recovery, these may be red flags for a relapse. As hard as it may be to confront your loved one about their denial, ignoring a possible relapse only enables the process.
  • Source: Renew Media

Supporting an Addict Who Has Relapsed

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  • Summary: Seeing a loved one return to drugs or alcohol during or after addiction treatment can be devastating to family and friends. Naturally, you want to help support the family member or friend with the addiction so she can regain her health and get back to life as it once was. Here are the important points to keep in mind, with guidelines for what to do and what not to do when a loved one relapses.
  • Source: Everyday Health