Top Five Reasons That Addicts And Alcoholics Relapse

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Monday, 25 March 2013. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Avoiding Relapse

To be quite honest, relapse is not something that I have experienced since entering the program of Alcoholics Anonymous ("AA") in June 2009.

With that said, that certainly does not mean that I am immune from relapse.

Like so many of my alcoholic and addict compatriots, from time to time I romanticize the idea of what it would be like to experience this drug, or drink that goblet of wine, particularly when I am either stressed or want to have a good time.

And although I know that I have a lot of will power, diligence, persistence, and plain old stubborness, I know that none stand a chance against the face of alcoholism, particularly in the form of:

    (1) Resentment;

    (2) Loneliness;

    (3) Guilt/Regret;

    (4) Not going to meetings/Not working an AA program; or

    (5) Other.

From my own life experience, not to mention the experience of my fellows, I consider the itemized list above to be the top five reasons that people relapse.

As of late, many acquaintances, and even a few friends that I met in the rooms of AA have relapsed and generally, it always involved one of the above.

A lot of the relapses that I am familiar with came after not going to AA meetings. For whatever reason, some AA'ers come to the conclusion that attending AA meetings should no longer be apart of their lives. That is usually when that proverbial committee in the head goes into overdrive.

Well, newly sober folks out there, not to mention you existing members, Old-timers included, relapse DOES NOT have to be apart of your experience if you keep these top five reasons in mind.

Thanks for letting me share.

If you or someone that you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please call us. We can help you.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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