Why is the Moment of Relapse so Important?

We start by acknowledging the importance of the process of relapse. However, it is clear from observation and experience that many people in recovery go in and out of the process of relapse without ever actually taking that first physical drink or drug. What is the difference? Those who relapse make a decision to actually pick up the first drink or drug, and do so. Universally, this decision is voiced in their own minds by two kinds of thinking, “wishful” and “expletive.” It is the thinking that reveals what has gone so terribly wrong. Whether by individual exploration or group exercise, we can help victims of this thinking to see what has happened to them and what to do about it. And that is why the moment of relapse is so important.

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