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Relapse: "It's not a "failure" to remain "good", it's a sign of disease progression."  - Jack Stem


Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin relapsus, from Latin relabi to slide back, from re- + labi to slide — more at sleep

Date: 15th century

1 : the act or an instance of backsliding, worsening, or subsiding

2 : a recurrence of symptoms of a disease after a period of improvement.

Until the stigma associated with addiction is replaced by the understanding this is a tough, chronic, progressive, and fatal disease, people will continue to die needlessly.

The use of evidence based treatments work. Treatment doesn't fail when:

We don't blame the patient when their cancer returns. We must stop blaming the addict when their disease returns.

Relapse is a process, not an event. Learn to recognize signs and symptoms of impending relapse.