It’s one of the saddest verses in the Bible: “From that time many of his disciples went back and walked with him no more” (John 6:66).
In the recovery world, we call that relapse.
We find the following data on relapse from the Recovery Village.
- Following treatment, 80% suffer relapse within the first year.
- After two years of sobriety, the relapse rate drops to 40%.
- The relapse rate after five years of sobriety is just 15%.
The bad news is this – relapse happens. The good news is – it doesn’t have to.
You don’t have to turn away – from Jesus or recovery. The key to long-term sobriety is short-term sobriety. And the key to short-term sobriety is what you do for the next 24 hours.
Recovery Step: You really have just two choices: move forward or turn back. And I think we both know which is the right way to go.