How to react or handle a drug or alcohol relapse

People in recovery relapse and may have a few slip-ups along the way.

This blog discusses how to react and handle a relapse from drug or alcohol addiction….if it happens.

Relapsing after putting so much hard work into being sober can be upsetting and frustrating. Below are 4 steps to help you deal with relapsing when it happens:

1. Don’t beat yourself up about it or get angry 

It is very easy to let the frustration and emotion get the better of you, but it’s important to focus on the positives and believe there is always another chance for you to start again. There is always another chance at sobriety.

2. Reach out for support 

Having a conversation and opening up to a close friend, especially a friend who is also in recovery, or a trusted family member, will be beneficial for your mindset. Talking it through with someone will help you come to terms with it.

3. Understand that this is your journey, and every journey is different

We are not all meant to be doing the same thing. Understand that this is your pathway and your recovery journey to sobriety. Don’t compare yourself to what other people are doing.

4. Seek help from a rehabilitation centre with a 12-step programme

The Sydney Retreat has a 30-day recovery programme that nurtures you and supports you every step of the way. We take pride in offering a well-known, evidence-based recovery programme that gives you guidance from staff who have been in your shoes and offers continued support after you complete the 30-day recovery programme.


The Sydney Retreat is a peer-led recovery approach that benefits from the lived experience of people in recovery. Not only will you be provided with the tools to stop drinking and using drugs, but you will also become a part of a community that helps one another to get sober and stay sober. If you have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs, this unique and affordable opportunity will change your life’s direction. Get help today.

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