What Does It Mean To Take Responsibility For Your Relapse?

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

You’ve relapsed. After having crawled your way up from the bottom depths of addiction to ask for help with your substance abuse and chemical dependency, you sought out substance abuse treatment in Florida. You made it through detox in broward county and drug rehab in Ft. Lauderdale. You worked tirelessly toward your sobriety and now you are relapsed. You very well may be feeling hopeless and broken. Know this, you still very much deserve a happy, healthy, sober life. Nothing can change that. Addiction is a disease that doesn’t go away just because you went through detox and rehab. You have to manage it every day. Resist the self hatred and self pity you might be feeling drawn to, as all addicts are drawn there at least briefly. Instead take responsibility for your relapse and for the way you deal with triggering moments.

Make A Plan

Your first order of business in taking responsibility for your relapse needs to be to make sure you’re working with a therapist who specializes in drug and alcohol chemical dependency who can guide you through untying the intricate story leading to your addiction. Understanding this narrative is vital to succeeding at recovery. As you begin to understand your triggers you will be better able to process your relapse when in therapy and in your everyday life.


In therapy and in your everyday after you’ve made some progress toward processing your relapse, understanding your triggers better and shoring up your coping skills and emotional resilience, you need to make a plan to have at the ready in future critical moments that could lead to relapse. Having a plan at the ready will greatly reduce risk of relapse and likely also reduce anxiety and fear of relapse


Concrete Steps to Getting Back On Track

Now you’ve got a plan, so what’s next? What are a few other ways besides your therapy that you can make strides to get back on track.


  1. Be open and communicative with your friends and family about the relapse and your plan for the future.
  2. Pay close attention to self care. Make sure your nutrition and sleep are on point and that you’re well hydrated.
  3. Don’t take on more than you can handle right now. But don’t let yourself get stagnant either. Listen to your body and pay attention to energy levels. Let yourself rest when you need to.
  4. Call the Broward County 1st Step in Ft. Lauderdale to learn more about the programs there and how they can help you come back to sober and maintain healthy living.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.