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Major Causes of Relapse

    Denial - inability to accept that one is indeed addicted to alcohol and/or drugs and that it is a primary cause of life problems.

    Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome- inability to cope with a set of very stressful, physiologically-based symptoms that occur only after use of alcohol and drugs has stopped

    Emotional Dysfunction - inability to cope with feelings such as grief, depression, stress, fear, etc., without mind altering substances.

    Relational Dysfunction - inability to develop and maintain healthy relationships with others.

    Temptation -  inability to deal with the issue of sin in one's life.

    Dishonesty - the inability to maintain a commitment to rigorous honesty which is the foundation of a life of recovery.

Some Relapse Prevention Strategies

 1.  Spiritual  Activities - Worship, prayer, Bible Study, and scripture memory all equip the person new to sobriety  to overcome temptation and live a life that is pleasing to God.  One especially important area where they need special help is in learning how to form healthy relationship and avoid destructive ones.  Unhealthy relationships, especially of the romantic sort, are one of the biggest causes of relapse.  Teaching about godly relationships, even in the sexual area, helps them to avoid getting caught up with people that are not good for them.

2,   Take Relapse Seriously - It must be clearly understood that use of alcohol or drugs results in immediate dismissal from the program.  This could mean simply being asked to leave the facility, demotion to "transient" status or referral to another program.  After thirty days, the client can be reassessed for reentry to the program.  The worst possible situation is to give them the impression that everyone has at least one drunk "in the bank."  We can be assured that they will use it!

3    Addiction Education - Gaining more knowledge about addiction serves two very important functions.  It helps the addict in denial accept his condition.  And, this knowledge can be a tremendous source of comfort and reassurance for those struggling with post acute withdrawal symptoms and the emotional difficulties that come with early recovery.  Newly sober addicts need to understand that they are suffering from a malady that is shared by others. It also gives hope that change is possible.  Many resources are available: lending libraries, literature, videos, and local professionals who can speak at the mission.  Contact AA for information on educational resources for use in a mission setting.

   One on One Counseling - Every participant in a long-term program needs at least one hour a week with a staff member who understands addiction to help them through the struggles of early recovery.  Relapse is a process -- no one is working a solid program of recovery one day and drunk the next.  Therefore, one very important goal of these sessions is to help them to recognize their relapse patterns and learn interrupt them before the process leads to actual use.

   Support Groups - Good support groups provide recovering addicts with find a safe, non-judgmental setting to share their struggles, thoughts, and feelings without fear of rejection. Hearing the stories of others with similar difficulties and how they overcame them provides real encouragement to go on in a life of sobriety.  Because addiction wreaks havoc upon an individual's relationships with others, support groups are also a great place to begin the difficult and painful process of re-connecting with other people.  (find Christian Support Programs / groups in your area)

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Hope you like these common "Prayers," I know they have made huge changes in my life as helped me to keep God focused. This site, These are just sections from papers over the years, I have been doing this since 1985 when I was the Spiritual Advisor for a center and the development director for another over the years. I learned that recovery can take on a great number of faces for different people. Although, one thing I have always believed is Faith Based Recovery has an indwelling success rate unlike any other form. However, I talk to people all over the world and meet people who's belief system in not as mine, we do not judge people, we do not categorize people in little groups, what is important is your recovery regardless of your sex, religion, or national origin. Sure it would be nice to know that everyone was in a personal relationship with The God our Savior Creator and Salvation, this site is meant to help you establish, (If you have not done so already), and or keep a strong recovery life daily. A tool. I have been greatly blessed, in that, God has opened doors in other countries around the world for us. Many of you know already, for those that do not, I have a disc & Nerve disease, it is real hard for me just to be able to do what normal people do everyday, I say this to say that, it may take me some time but I usually get around to getting things done. I do write for more than one on-line site, if you don't see activity here does not mean that I will not get around to posting papers, there are time when I get stuck in bed for periods.
This site is meant for you... You matter, don't let anyone ever lead you to believe differently. God made you unlike anyone else, even though we kind-of look similar to others, there are very many great things about us God made just for us / in us.. Remember that! And Live accordingly. :) :)