Stopping A Slip From Becoming a Relapse

Article from SMART Recovery by Julie Myers, Psy.D.

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According to Julie Myers, "For many with serious substance abuse problems, any drug or alcohol use can be problematic. These people must abstain. If they drink or drug again, they can slip into full-blown relapse, even after months or years of abstinence. For some, even a brief lapse may generate so much self-doubt, guilt, and a belief about personal failure, that the person gives up and continues to use. This tendency is referred to as the abstinence violation effect."

This article discusses how a lapse in recovery does not need to become a full relapse. 

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