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Dealing with a drug addict relapse can be challenging, but here are some steps that can help:

Don’t blame yourself or the person who has relapsed. Remember that addiction is a disease, and relapse is a common part of the recovery process.

Encourage the person to seek help immediately. This may involve contacting their therapist or sponsor, or reaching out to a treatment center.

Offer emotional support without enabling the addiction. This can be a delicate balance, but it’s important to avoid enabling behaviors that may perpetuate the addiction.

Consider attending support groups such as Al-Anon or Nar-Anon, which can provide a space for family members and loved ones to connect with others who have experienced similar situations.

Encourage the person to engage in healthy activities and hobbies that can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Stay positive and focus on the progress the person has made, rather than dwelling on the relapse. Remember that recovery is a lifelong process, and setbacks are a natural part of the journey.