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What To Do When An Alcoholic Relapses

Alcoholism affects over 14 million Americans a year. It is a disease that alters the chemistry within the brain, getting sober, the alcoholic may run the risk of relapse. Here are four key steps you can take if you or someone you know has relapsed into alcohol abuse.

Forgive

Relapse can be devastating to an alcoholic and cause shame and feelings of unworthiness. It is imperative to practice forgiveness and urge the alcoholic to immediately contact a counselor and/or rehabilitation center.

Support

Providing a support system can motivate alcoholics to seek further medical care and treatment. Focusing on their 12-step plan is a helpful reminder of recovery techniques and can keep the alcoholic accountable for their choices and their healing process.

Examine Triggers

Evaluating the triggers that caused the alcoholic to relapse is crucial. Whether a person, place or thing, an alcoholic must steer clear of triggers associated with consuming alcohol. Examining these risks will give the alcoholic a new chance at recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

IOP is a wonderful option when an alcoholic relapses. IOP provides a safe space to continue recovery education and offers relapse prevention strategies, psychotherapy and further addiction education. A “second chance” approach can also elicit hope on the path toward recovery.

When an alcoholic relapses, seeking professional assistance is vital in continuing recovery. An outpatient program can help your recovery process by providing the necessary coping skills, safe place and education as you continue to heal.

Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups. We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department at 813-882-3003, 800-397-3006 or admissions@tpoftampa.com.