Step 4 – Failed Redirect Attempts
Usually, just before the relapse occurs, the addict attempts to stop the cycle. Unfortunately, each failed attempt increases future failure. The failed attempt itself can lead to a more severe or longer relapse cycle. With the correct tools and application and individual can still pull themselves out of this cycle at this point.
Step 5 – Relapse
One discussion that always arises with clients in drug treatment is what exactly is considered a relapse. Relapse is defined by obtaining the substance, using the substance, and experiencing the effects of the substance. This process is highly ritualized. As soon as an addict starts fantasizing or going through this process in their head the pleasure chemical serotonin can start being released in their body.
Step 6 – Realization (values re-emerge)
Immediately after the relapse, and usually after the effects of the substance wears off, the addict comes to a full realization of their decision. With the added weight they put on themselves as their values and beliefs return.