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When a recovering addict relapses, it can be a difficult and challenging situation. Here are some steps you can take when a recovering addict relapses:

Remain Calm: Stay calm and avoid reacting with anger or frustration. This can help the individual feel supported and more willing to seek help.

Encourage Open Communication: Encourage the individual to communicate openly and honestly about their relapse. Avoid judgement or criticism, and instead offer support and encouragement.

Seek Professional Help: Encourage the individual to seek professional help from a therapist or addiction specialist. Offer to help them find resources or make appointments.

Support the Recovery Process: Support the individual in their recovery process by attending meetings with them or offering to participate in other activities that promote sobriety.

Set Boundaries: Set boundaries with the individual, such as refusing to enable their drug use or enabling them to avoid consequences. This can be difficult, but it is important to hold the individual accountable for their actions.

Take Care of Yourself: It can be emotionally draining to support a recovering addict who has relapsed. Take care of yourself by seeking support from others or attending support groups for family members of addicts.

Remember that relapse is a common occurrence in the recovery process, and it does not mean that the individual has failed. With support and professional help, it is possible for the individual to get back on track with their recovery.