Where is the learning in all of this?
Well, if you explore what was going on for you before the relapse. Was there some major event happening in your life? How were you feeling, were you stressed, angry, lonely? What were your thoughts like, were they negative, self-defeating?
Often relapse starts in the sub-conscious without being fully aware what is happening. We can focus on an issue or event which affects our thinking (overthinking or obsessing) which in turn drains our energy which of course affects our mood. It’s at this point the person is most vulnerable and the relapse can happen. The earlier you become aware of your thinking and how it affects your recovery, the earlier you can reach out for support. Maybe you need to write about why you stopped drinking/using in the first place? Maybe you need to talk to a family member, friend or sponsor. Maybe you need to make contact with your counsellor or case worker. Either way you are the expert in your recovery. Tuning into yourself and your inner voice will make you more self-aware which of course can prevent relapse