Abstinence. Personal Empowerment. Support. Inclusiveness. www.freestylerecovery.org.
Relapse is a failure to maintain abstinence, but it is not a personal failure if I learn from it and if I keep on seeking a clean, sober life. Perhaps my relapse will provide me with an important lesson on staying clean and sober. Perhaps it was necessary to bring me to deep acceptance of my status as an alcoholic or addict. If that is what I've gained from my relapse, it was worth it. Awareness of the ways I can work my recovery program the wrong way guides me to doing it correctly. My program of recovery is like a suit of armor and if it has a weak spot, the beast of addiction will find the way inside. Relapse may be a key way of teaching me how to strengthen my armor.