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Planning for Alcohol or Drug Relapse - Topic Overview

If you lapse or relapse

If you begin using drugs or alcohol again:

  • Stop drinking or using the drug at once. Get rid of it. Pour it down the sink or flush it down the toilet. Leave the situation you are in.
  • Keep calm. Remember that you have a plan, and remind yourself how hard you've worked to stay sober or drug-free.
  • Get support right away. Call the people listed on your plan or go to the places your plan lists.
  • When you've stopped drinking or using, think about what happened. Find out what caused you to relapse and how you can prevent it from happening again. Put this into your plan.

If you are thinking about drinking or using a drug, take action. Find support to help you reject the temptation.

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Last Updated: January 05, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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