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Is it still a relapse?

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Asked: 2018-11-20 19:42:30
Is it still technically a relapse if I smoke one joint on Thanksgiving so that I can eat more food? I've been clean for almost 30 days and I don't think a little weed would really count...I shot heroin before so as long as it's not heroin its not that bad, right?


Answered: 2018-11-21 13:47:22

If you smoke one joint it is considered a relapse. The program says that we are to stay away from all mind altering substances including weed. Who knows what smoking that one joint could do to you. You might like the effects that are produced and because downers are your drug of choice it could make you want to do what you were doing 31 days ago. It is important in the 12 steps to stay away specially during the crucial first year. I hope you stay sober through thanksgiving Tom! You will be in my prayers


Answered: 2018-11-20 23:16:43

When you're still in early recovery, it's vital that you stick to your boundaries. Part of your boundaries are to avoid drugs and alcohol. There are other ways to get the same high you would get with a joint. Go for a brisk walk with family before the meal or play with the kids. It may not be something you're used to just yet but it's the best way to protect brand new sobriety and start moving toward a recovery lifestyle. Happy Thanksgiving and stay committed!


Answered: 2018-11-29 07:56:16

Usually they refere to those as laspes. A relapse marks a full return to addictive patterns, while lapses are one singular episode. Mind you, lapses often progress to relapses. Best not to risk it.


Answered: 2019-01-31 21:16:24

Thanks Aubrey, you are right. I hit up my rehab and my sponsor about my lapse in judgement. My rehab said that I can come back for free if I needed to and my sponsor is working with me on my steps again. My sponsor recommended a sober living if I was having more trouble in my first year of recovery. What do you think, do you think a sober living will help me? If so, does anyone have an experience at a sober living? Is it really like a prison?

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