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Can I Recover From Relapse?

It’s often said in recovery circles that, “It never gets any better.” This refers to relapse, and how going back out and drinking or using never turns out as we hoped. It usually gets exponentially worse than when we first came to recovery—a thought that many of us cannot fathom, until it happens to us.

Addiction is a progressive disease. Even with a time-span of abstinence, if you return to drinking or using, your addiction will go back to where it once was, only worse. No matter how long it has been since your last drink or drug, if those chemicals are reintroduced to the brain, the paused addiction button will be pushed, and the addict or alcoholic will be off to the races, once again. It’s unfortunate that many of us don’t believe this, until we do our own research. It’s even more unfortunate that some of us don’t make it back from re-testing the waters.

If you’ve never been arrested, lost your job or your family, or killed someone, these are your “yets.” They haven’t happened to you yet, but they are all a drink or a drug away. You may not believe that anything could possibly be worse than the week leading up to your current sobriety date, but you better believe it. This disease is real, it’s vicious, and it wants you dead. The proof is in the body bags. You may have come into recovery completely and emotionally bankrupt, but imagine how your family will feel if you go out, and don’t make it back.

If you are struggling with addiction, you don’t have to go through this alone. Millions of people like yourself have taken the leap of faith to get well, and so can you. We are not responsible for our disease, but we are responsible for our recovery. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, give us a call. Relapse does not have to be a part of your story, and we can help you achieve long-term recovery. Don’t wait another day, pick up the phone and begin your new life today.

Detox is a beginning and an end. As the beginning of a new life in recovery and the end of an era of pain caused by addiction, making the choice to attend clinical detox needn’t be a complicated one. The Serenity Recovery Center at the Encino Hospital Medical Center offers safe and comfortable residential detox with modern amenities and an environment that feels like home. Start the process today. Call us at: 866.294.9401