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.