Friday, February 19, 2010

Stages of Relapse

Every month I review this list of the Eight Stages of Relapse. It’s a kind of mini-inventory or mental tune-up and reality check for me:

1. The beginnings of secret dissatisfaction.

2. Boredom or frustration at home or at work.

3. Relationships change.

4. Return of denial.

5. Emotional drift—away from significant others, friends, AA people, meetings, sponsor.

6. Anger and resentment.

7. Depression and dishonesty.

8. Relapse.

1 comment:

Blake said...


A huge thank you for the "Stages of Relapse" - Although I've been in recovery for 1 1/2 years, I haven't seen this list before. As you, I will now review on a monthly basis, or sooner if need be.

Thanks so much!!