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How to Break the Cycle of Chronic Relapse

How to Break the Cycle of Chronic Relapse

Chronic relapse is a repeated cycle where a person seeks help for addiction, gets clean, then relapses over and over again. The chronic condition can happen multiple times before a person finally kicks the habit for good. It is very difficult to overcome addiction and relapse is quite common, but nonetheless devastating for family, friends, and loved ones involved who care about the person with addiction. Find out how people overcome the cycle of chronic relapse and finally break free of addiction for good.

Avoiding Relapse

People with addiction can seek help multiple times and find success without relapsing. It may take a few times, it may only take one time but several things can help determine the best path to breaking the cycle of chronic relapse.


  • Long-term support network. This includes family, friends, religious community, 12-step groups, and others who love and care for the person with addiction. The person with addiction is most likely to succeed without relapse when surrounded by a caring community who supports their recovery.
  • Group therapy attendance. Studies have shown that a person who attends group therapy is more likely to find success in rehab and in recovery than those who do not go at all. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other group therapy sessions provide an environment that is supportive, understanding, and provides a safe space to share with others who get it. Facing the tough battle of addiction is not one to take lightly, or alone. Group settings can provide hope.
  • Medical management. Whenever a person is coping with addiction, there are generally other issues involved that can include physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. A mental health professional, addiction specialist, family physician, and other healthcare professionals are critical to the success of a person’s progress in recovery. It will be key to not re-enter life without support in aftercare services. Intervention can be provided where necessary to try and avoid potential relapse.


One of the biggest factors influencing chronic relapse is the willingness of the person with addiction to admit the drug or alcohol problem is bigger than they alone can handle. If the person minimizes the issues it may become difficult to deal with the problem at hand. Chronic relapse is a sign the underlying root cause of addiction has not been addressed in a way that the person can fully recover from addiction to the best of their ability. This can further damage their relationships and personal life. Until the root issues are addressed, it may continue to occur until an intervention is done or the person is willing and able to admit a problem exists, seek the proper help and create a long-term recovery plan that sticks.

Addiction does not have to have the last word. Relapse does not have to keep happening over and over again. You can recover from addiction with the right support. Serenity is here to help be that support for you with resources and programs designed to help you detox and get your life on track. Call us if you are ready to quit addictive behaviors. You can reach us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964