Here is a little formula I use to define relapse. For each addict it is different, depending on each of our specific behavior:
Definition of relapse:
A minimum period of abstinence prior to the relapse (______________) and a return to given levels of use (________________) for a specified time (___________________).
The reason why this formula is important, is that for each addict, a “relapse” may be completely different. Behavior that may be perfectly ok for one addict may be very harmful and sinful for another addict. It has more to do about what is happening inside our heads, than the specific behavior. Obviously there are some moral lines that are clear for all addicts, but for many addicts they must be even more radical than the “obvious” moral lines that most people hold.
What may be “normal behavior” for a non addict could be very harmful for you as an addict because of what is going on inside your head. Pay attention.
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