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Was it a Slip or a Relapse? Knowing When to Return to Treatment

Feelings of Uncertainty After Rehab

Many people in recovery have been there. You’ve gone through a treatment program and completed it successfully—and then you relapsed. Or, you’ve had some success in using your newfound tools to stay clean, but lately you feel like you’re struggling.

Now you’re asking yourself: should I go back to treatment?

Knowing the Difference Between a Slip-up and a Relapse

Many people in recovery face situations that challenge their sobriety. In some cases, that means using once and never again. In others, it means falling back into addictive patterns and needing to go through a full treatment program again.

Although relapse is often a part of the recovery process, a one-time mistake doesn’t mean that you’re falling back in the grips of addiction. There’s a difference between a momentary slip-up and a full-blown relapse.

In a slip-up, you have used one time and were able to rebound quickly. You are usually able to cope with temptations effectively and get back on track toward sobriety.

On the other hand, you may be relapsing when you struggle to manage your drug and alcohol use. You may have a desire to stop using, but it has become extremely difficult or impossible to quit. If you’re concerned that you’ve lost control of your sobriety, going back to a treatment program is worth considering.

Signs That It’s Time to Seek Treatment Again

No matter how confused or overwhelmed you may feel, there are ways of determining whether you should return to rehab.

If you’re struggling with any of the issues below, going back to a treatment center should be strongly considered.