Relapse prevention

Relapse is when someone in recovery uses alcohol and/or other drugs again. Relapse is not failure, and many people try treatment more than once. Relapse is a common, but difficult, part of recovery from addiction. The door to treatment and recovery is always open.

When someone in recovery has a relapse, they have a higher risk of overdose. This is because they have a lower tolerance from not using a drug regularly. Learn more about how to stop an overdose with Naloxone and ways to identify and prevent an overdose below.