Relapse rates vary depending on the substance being misused, but most run high.  Relapse is not an event.  It is a process with three phases and is likely to occur multiple times in the recovery process. 

  • Emotional Relapse:  Emotions are leading the brain down a familiar path of triggers and stressors that led the person to resorting to drug use at the start.
  • Mental Relapse:  A person’s mind begins to pick up the feelings they have been experiencing and run them through the game of rationalization.
  • Physical Relapse: The actual physical taking of the drug or drink.