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You may want to stay sober. You want to experience the promises of a serene life (pages 83 and 84 of the Big Book). Many people who complete treatment have good intentions, but the cunning, baffling and powerful nature of the disease of chemical dependency [addiction] causes them to relapse.
There are many steps taken before relapse actually happens. If you regularly note the signs that point the way for you, your chances of avoiding a relapse are much stronger.
The path is different for everyone, and usually several signs are present. There is no particular order in which they appear, but if you see yourself going back and forth in these areas... beware! You may be on the road to relapse.
Relapse does not occur when you first begin to use. Relapse is a process that starts long before you actually return to using.
Just as substance dependence is an illness that affected the physical, social and psychological aspects of your life, the road to relapse may have signs that appear in all areas of your life as well.
Practice recognizing the early signs that may warn you of a possible relapse:
If you show any of the above early warning signs, print a copy of this document, circle the signs that you have, AND TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THEM.
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