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A relapse on drugs occurs when a person who has been in recovery from addiction to drugs resumes using drugs, either after a period of abstinence or while still in the process of recovery.

A relapse can happen for a variety of reasons, including stress, triggers, or difficult life events, and may occur even after an extended period of sobriety. It is important to understand that a relapse does not mean that the person has failed, and that it is a common occurrence in the recovery process.

It is important for individuals who experience a relapse to seek help and support as soon as possible. This may involve reaching out to a healthcare provider, therapist, or addiction treatment center, or connecting with a support group such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or SMART Recovery.

The important thing is to acknowledge the relapse, learn from it, and use it as an opportunity to develop new coping skills and strategies for managing triggers and stressors in the future. With the right support and resources, many individuals are able to successfully navigate a relapse and continue on their path to long-term recovery.