Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Recovery from Alcoholism-Was it a relapse or a pause?

....on the Road to Recovery

                                                    Was it a relapse or a pause?

Over the years, I have heard people come back to the Program and announce that they had a relapse or they may label it a "slip."  They may stay sober for a few months, or many months, and then relapse again... and again...

I don't want to judge these hurting people because who am I to say why some people "get" it the first time and others struggle and may never "get it."

However, a comment about this story of continuing relapses that really caught my attention went like this:  "Oh, that person didn't hurt enough to hit bottom; he just paused drinking until the pain passed, then went back to doing what he was doing."

What do you think about this?


  1. Truthfully, I don't like to get into the "slip", "pause", "relapse" conversation. To me, give it whatever name you want because that's not really important. What is important is to JUST start embracing recovery again. Try to identify what caused you to drink and take measures to correct it. Go back to work. None of us are perfect--only Jesus was. I'm pretty sure that's why the big book stresses "Just For Today". As for the not hitting bottom statement--I have always felt that everything I've gone through--relapse, jail, detox, rehab is all part of God's plan for me to get and stay sober!! Sort of getting me here the only way He could or I would come. In doing so, He also brings us to Jesus and guides us to walk with Him.

  2. Thanks for the insights Steve!