January 13, 2023
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So You Fell Off The Wagon

Staying sober and being diligent on the road to recovery can be incredibly challenging for anyone. Circumstances may come along to push you in the wrong direction and mistakes are bound to happen. Does that mean you need to shame yourself and wallow in regret if you find yourself having an alcohol relapse?

Nobody should have to face the hardship of recovery alone, nor should they be left not knowing what to do when relapse occurs. Acknowledging that a relapse can happen is the first step, but it’s the first of many on the road to living a sober life and not falling back into old habits.

Want to know what to do if you have an alcohol relapse on your journey to recover? Read our guide breaking down what you should know if you find yourself relapsing from quitting alcohol. Getting help can be tough, but it will help you navigate how to stop drinking.

What Can Cause You to Relapse?

It’s common for an alcohol relapse to happen to anyone after not drinking for a long period of time. This can occur as a result of factors you can notice. Some red flags include not making sobriety a top priority, not having a good support system of family or friends, not being prepared for post-treatment, or having no desire to quit yourself.

Many of these can be addressed in a variety of ways. If you or someone close can spot this early, they can bring it up to you and help with to address it. Close family and friends can be helpful when facing the truth and preventing another relapse from happening.

What to Do After an Alcohol Relapse

After you relapse, the first thing to do is acknowledge it and realize this is a setback from your recovery. Feelings of shame, regret, or failure can occur as you reflect on your actions but that should not deter you from making your next steps towards recovery. You don’t need to beat yourself up about it, rather put more effort into figuring out how to prevent it from happening again.

Don’t wait to seek help from others who can prevent you from going further into relapse (eg. are you a member of our Telegram group)? Talking to people like you can help identify what were the triggers for it or where you can look next for further help to recovery.

There are many groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, that you can seek out for guidance and open discussion with relapse help.

We even have a weekly live support session on YouTube. Every Wednesday we get together at 9am EST to support each other in our sobriety. Plus I release a new coaching video every day on the Stop Drinking Expert channel. Double check that you are subscribed right now.

Don’t Throw The Baby Out

It’s so important that you don’t over react to a relapse. If you fell off the wagon, just quietly dust yourself down and start again. Don’t throw a pity party and don’t beat yourself up too much… it happens.

Imagine if your hobby was fishing and one day you went out and didn’t catch a single fish. You wouldn’t come home and declare yourself to be a terrible fisherman and throw away all your fishing equipment, would you?

The same should apply to sobriety. If you have a slip, don’t throw away all the tools you used to achieve sobriety. Put it down to a bad day at the office and tomorrow will be better.

Watch the video and I will explain more about this.

Make A Plan for Recovery

Nothing can be accomplished without first planning ahead. Making a plan on what you should or should not do can not only minimize future relapses but steer you clear from what causes them.

This includes not only moderation and quitting, but also other lifestyle changes to further enhance your path to living a sober life.

Know What to Do Next

It can be a rough road for anyone dealing with an alcohol relapse when you want to make a change. But it’s not an impossible task when you’re aiming towards living a sober life. Nobody is ever truly lost on the path to recovery, even when they make a mistake along the way.

Want to quit drinking alcohol today? Read the posts on Stop Drinking Expert and look into our free quit drinking webinar.

You can learn the best ways to quick drinking and how being sober can lead you to a healthier lifestyle.

About the Stop drinking expert

Craig Beck ABNLP. ABHYP. DhP. ICS. has been a professional alcohol cessation therapist since 2010. He has helped over 250,000 problem drinkers using his personal experience and professional training in the field of addiction recovery.

After struggling with his own alcohol addiction issues, Craig went on a journey of self-discovery and learning, studying the underlying causes of alcohol use disorders and how to overcome them. He has since become a board-certified Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), The American Board of Hypnotherapy certified therapist, and an ICS-certified life coach specializing in alcohol addiction recovery.

Craig's personal experience with alcoholism gives him a unique perspective on the challenges of quitting drinking and staying sober. He understands the emotional and psychological factors contributing to addiction and knows how to help people overcome them.

In addition, Craig's formal training and certifications provide him with the knowledge and skills to develop effective strategies and techniques for addiction recovery. The Stop Drinking Expert approach to alcohol addiction uses a unique combination of CBT techniques and NLP reframing.

Craig's qualifications are evident in his successful track record helping people quit drinking. Craig Beck is the author of several alcohol addiction books, such as "Alcohol Lied to Me" and "The Alcohol Illusion".
His website, www.stopdrinkingexpert.com, provides a comprehensive guide on how to quit drinking, including practical tips, strategies, and resources for recovery.

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