I've read several posts lately where someone has relapsed after a week or so and feeling really down about it. I get it, been there a few times myself, but please don't give up! I imagine that about anyone here who has been sober from a few months to many decades had relapsed repeatedly before they got it right. It's part of the process, the battle of severing the ties to addiction.
The good news is that it can be done, with effort, understanding and support.
Effort You need to have the mindset of being "all-in" in your recovery, willing to make whatever changes are necessary to break your addiction. If you're not willing to push all your chips to the middle of the table in your commitment, putting sobriety first, you have a very slim chance of success.
Understanding This is the fuel of your recovery. Once you have a greater understanding of your addiction, it's consequences, and the path to a sustained sobriety, inertia is on your side, allowing you to break from the orbit of your urges and navigate to a new life; the one you were meant to live.
Support Recovery is a difficult process to endure on your own. Having a group of supporters like AA or Refuge Recovery who know what you're going through, willing to share their own experiences and listen to yours, is priceless.
For those who don’t know me - I had a bad mandible injury and ended up having most of my left jaw removed, so I have excruciating facial nerve pain and basically no gum ridge. My cheek has been excised inside for grafting, so my cheek is basically fused to the floor of my mouth on the left. Oral lidocaine gels and creams have been a disaster, because they don’t stay and slip into my throat...
i am still sober after trying to rejoin AA in March. Had “dropped out” of it in April of 2017 and remained sober until a relapse in September 2017. Had been attending meetings regularly and got a female sponsor who didn’t work out because she was starting law school, engaged to be married, etc. she thought she would be able to handle it but it was becoming very evident to me that she...