You worked so hard to achieve sobriety in an addiction recovery program, but something triggered an upset, and now here you are; you relapsed and the shame and guilt are almost too much to bear. Part of successful aftercare and recovery is understanding that relapse can happen, but when it does, you have to pick yourself up and keep moving forward. Here are a few ways to boost your self-esteem after relapse.
Run Damage Control
For most people who relapse, the situation brings on a slew of other neglected things. You may have skipped work, stopped communicating with your sponsor, or even quit going to the gym. The first step to get on with your life is to jump right back in and fix those neglected things. It’s hard to move forward if you ignore the essential responsibilities—even if running damage control seems terrifying.
Ask for Forgiveness
The people who have loved and supported you through recovery may feel hurt if you’ve relapsed, so making amends can help repair any damage to those relationships. Part of relapse prevention is knowing you have to take responsibility for your wrongdoings. Mistakes happen, and those close to you need to know that you’re sorry and you don’t intend to get stuck in a downward spiral.
Get Help From the Right People
It is so easy to let one slip during addiction recovery send you on a backslide where you can’t get your footing and get over the slump. If you are afraid that your relapse is a major stumbling block, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Go to group therapy, contact your sponsor, reach out to a therapist for advice. You can even reach out to Addiction Recovery Agency for help with finding someone to talk to.