Many people who try to quit drinking relapse. It is a very common occurrence. In fact, some studies indicate that as many as 90% relapse. Relapse can lead to feelings of failure, which of course can lead to more drinking and before you know it, you feel like you are in a deeper hole than when you started.
Instead of feeling like a failure, you can put a positive spin on your relapse and treat it a learning experience. Examine what led to your relapse. What triggered it? Who were you with? Where were you? What were you doing? How were you feeling? Try to sort these things out and identify which is the most dangerous to your sobriety. Then you can avoid that trigger in the future or know that it is dangerous for you.
There are many triggers and everyone has their own unique vulnerabilities. For example, do you play softball in a league in which there is always a cooler full of beer in the dugout? Maybe you should consider sitting out the next season or finding a different league to play in. Do you belong to a book club where the choice of wine is just a important as the choice of books? Maybe a different book club is in order.
These are just a couple of examples, but the idea is to identify your triggers and vulnerabilities. Then avoid them especially in your early days of sobriety. Later, when you are stronger and more confident they won’t pose such a danger to you.
This is all important, but the first step is to get sober. Pacific Ridge is the best residential drug and alcohol treatment center on the West Coast. Our treatment program is second to none. In fact, many other facilities model themselves after us. We have clients from all over Oregon, including Portland, Eugene, Salem, Medford, Klamath Falls, Ashland, Pendelton, Baker City, LaGrande, Ontario, Bend, Lapine, Redmond and every other city and town. We also have clients from all over the country who seek us out for treatment. Once you are here, we help you sober up and give you the tools you need to stay sober. And live happy. Do wait until it is too late. You will thank yourself and you family will thank you, too.