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Relapse Ain’t Got Nothin’ on My Recovery Group

Hi, friends!
RelapsenothinrevLet’s talk recovery. More specifically, relapse.
We see it over and over again on the news, mainly with celebrities whose relapse into addictions and unhealthy behaviors results in death. Singer Whitney Houston comes to mind. Just this week, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died after being clean more than two decades. He relapsed last year.
This isn’t just about celebrities. We see relapse more and more in the lives of those around us—family, friends, acquaintances, even people at church. We might be the ones in relapse.

I’ve relapsed.

This past year has been incredibly difficult for me: Emotional stress, financial issues, and tense relationships. Like others in recovery, I’ve had a hard time not falling back into old habits when I face triggers. I’ve had some missteps–even skidding back to square one in several areas. I’ll be honest: I wasn’t practicing what I wrote two years ago about preventing and reversing relapse:

  • Reflect
  • Expose your triggers and plan your escape strategies
  • Look up and re-learn scripture passages
  • Activate your accountability partners
  • Pray, pray, pray
  • Share your story
  • Evaluate regularly

(You can find more detailed explanations about each of these tips in part one and part two from 2012.)
One thing has been important for me to step back onto–and stay on–my recovery path:

I started attending weekly recovery group meetings again.

Recovery groups aren’t just for people who struggle with drugs or alcohol. Recovery groups are for people who struggle with anger, codependency, food addictions, workaholism, pornography addictions, fear and worry, trust, and so much more. People like me and possibly you.
I made a lot of progress when I was attending group, so I didn’t see the need to keep going once I was “better.” Now I remember why it’s important to attend my recovery group regularly. I have people who hold me accountable. They don’t judge me, criticize me, or look at me any differently when I make a bad choice. They listen, understand, and love me no matter what. My recovery group keeps me from relapsing. They are my family.
Attending weekly also helps me to live consistently, my word for this year.
I don’t know why I ever stopped attending. 😉
Today, I encourage you: If you’re struggling to stay on your recovery path–or if you’re already on an unhealthy and destructive path, find a recovery group in your area. Celebrate Recovery is a great place to get connected. You’ll meet with others who will walk with you, encourage you, and love you.

Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do. Suppose someone falls down. Then his friend can help him up. But suppose the man who falls down doesn’t have anyone to help him up. Then feel sorry for him! Or suppose two people lie down together. Then they’ll keep warm. But how can one person keep warm alone? One person could be overpowered. But two people can stand up for themselves. And a rope made out of three cords isn’t easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

Don’t go it alone. Relapse ain’t got nothin’ on recovery groups!*
Come alongside… Are you staying on track in your recovery? Have you taken steps back? What can you do to get back on the right path? Share with us in the comments below. Remember, you can comment anonymously.
*Note: I don’t mean to minimize addiction by saying it’s easy to recover by solely attending recovery groups. Other resources and treatments might be necessary to address recovery. Recovery groups are just one component to address recovery, relapse, and addictive behaviors.

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4 Responses to Relapse Ain’t Got Nothin’ on My Recovery Group

  • Sam says:

    Thank you Daphne……Transparency is a long word, often misunderstood, and I have trouble applying it, because I have little pockets within me, that want to wipe my windows, but not open them. You have given a powerful example of these precepts.

  • Rachelanne says:

    Thank you, Daphne, you have a lovely, positive blog. My 46 year-old husband passed away 2+1/2 weeks ago of H1N1 virus. I’ve felt quite fragile in my recovery ever since. I went to a support group last night and will redouble my efforts in AA, someone needs to be here for my kids.

  • obra kelly says:

    You are so rite about having and attending a weekly recovery group no matter what happen or what is going on with me it helps me to keep balance in my life.Thank you for that blog about the whole subject.

  • Joyce Randall says:

    This was a good read and I truly believe in having people that will support you and help you on your journey, but I have yet to find a group that I have been able to continue with and I sure do miss it. Two different groups I tried to be a part of in the past left more wounds than when I started. I’m ok now, it just some people in leadership positions are not equipped and doing it for the wrong reasons. It’s ok because I’ve learned to be more careful in what groups I become a part of. Then I became a part of another Celebrate Recovery group and it was awesome. We all really connected with each other we became closer than my own family. Everyone felt they were really growing stronger in their area of weakness, then about a month ago, they decided to end it. Everyone’s heart was broken and I find myself wondering how all the others is doing as struggle myself as to why this happened. Regardless I press on and I continue to look to the Lord for the strength and guidance I need to overcome my destructive behaviors and help others along the way. Just wanted to say thank you for all the effort you have put into helping others, it has truly helped me on my journey.

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