Relapse is a common occurrence during the recovery process, and it is important for individuals to understand that it does not mean failure. When a recovering addict relapses, it means they have returned to drug or alcohol use after a period of abstinence. It can happen for many reasons, including stress, triggers, and social pressures. It is important to remember that relapse is not the end of the road, and that treatment and support are still available. It is important for the individual to acknowledge the relapse, seek help, and learn from the experience to prevent future relapses.