How to pick yourself back up after relapsing

People in recovery do relapse and may have a few slip-ups along the way. 

In this blog, we discuss how to react and handle a relapse….if it happens.

Relapsing after putting in so much hard work into being sober can be upsetting and frustrating. Below are 4 steps to help you deal with relapsing when it happens:

1. Don’t beat yourself up about it or get angry 

It is very easy to let the frustration and emotion get the better of you but it’s important to focus on the positives and believe that there is always another chance for you to start again. There is always another chance at sobriety.

2. Reach out for support 

Having a conversation and opening up to a close friend, especially a friend who is also in recovery, or a trusted family member, will be beneficial for your mindset and talking it through with someone will help you come to terms with it.

3. Understand that this is your journey and every journey is different

We are not all meant to be doing the same thing. Understand that this is your pathway and your recovery journey to sobriety. Don't compare yourself to what other people are doing. 

4. Seek help from a rehabilitation centre with a 12-step programme

          The Sydney Retreat has a 30-day recovery programme which   nurtures you and supports you every step of the way. We take pride in offering a well-known, evidence based recovery programme that not only gives you guidance from staff who have been in your shoes but also offers continued support after you complete the 30-day recovery programme.


The Sydney Retreat is a peer led recovery approach that benefits from the lived experience of people in recovery. Not only will you be provided with the tools to stop drinking and using drugs, you will become a part of a community who help one another to get sober and stay sober. If you have a problem with alcohol and or drugs, this is a unique and affordable opportunity that will change the direction of your life. Get help today.