Does a relapse mean you no longer have anything to contribute?
Let me answer that with a sports analogy. When Tom Brady throws an interception, they don’t pull him out of the game.
We have this hope: “In him we have redemption, through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
Rather than condemning yourself for a relapse, learn from it. Dr. Lantie Elisabeth Jorandby offers the following tips to overcome relapse.
- Know the warning signs. It is critical to recognize your triggers so that you will be ready to respond in time.
- Create a relapse prevention plan. Jorandby writes, “To protect yourself, you need a plan. It needs to be tailored to you and ready to implement the moment you’re feeling triggered.”
Recovery Step: Relapse is neither inevitable nor terminal. Know the warning signs. Put a plan in place.