After rehab, it can be easy to feel like substance abuse is in the past. But you are human, and you’re going to make mistakes — even in recovery. If you do suffer a slip or a relapse, it can feel devastating, but it doesn’t mean your recovery is over or has to start back from square one. You should think of recovery as a journey instead of a destination: like most trips, it’s not always going to go as planned.
Addiction is a chronic illness, and that means it requires lifelong management. According to one study, 40 to 60% of those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction will relapse.  In fact, relapse rates for addiction are similar to other chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.
Essentially, a relapse is serious — but it doesn’t need to be insurmountable. Here are some things you should keep in mind as you consider ways to get back on the wagon after a relapse.