Relapse on Drugs or Alcohol- (Do you have to tell?)

Updated: Jul 22, 2019


In this video, I go over a strategy for dealing with a relapse on drugs or alcohol. I'll cover who to tell, what to tell, and how much to tell if you find yourself in a relapsed state.


Part of any good relapse prevention plan should be to have a damage control plan in the event that you do relapse.

If you've been to addiction treatment then you've likely been taught relapse prevention skills but probably haven't been taught what to do in the event of a relapse.


This is a guide on what to do in the event of a relapse on drugs or alcohol. Telling your family after just one use can cause major disruption and send everyone spiraling backward. Which means you've got some very difficult decisions to make. It's not easy to get a relapse (on drugs or alcohol) under control, but it is possible if you can take action quickly. But sometimes it's not clear exactly what actions you need to take. Do you need to tell your family? Do you have to pick up a white chip?


Amber Hollingsworth,

Hope for Families Recovery Center

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