What to do When Recovery Program Graduates Relapse (audio)

At rescue mission recovery programs, homeless addicts spend several months to a year or more in a relatively safe, drug- and alcohol-free environment. While involved with the program, they are introduced to Christ and learn the principles of a sober lifestyle. Despite all this help, many, if not most, graduates from solid programs with caring, competent staff will use alcohol and drugs again.

Unfortunately, many people in early recovery experience relapses. However, they can turn out to be the key to gaining a deeper commitment to Christ and to a program of personal recovery. These experiences can lead addicts away from self-reliance and into a deeper sense of their need for God. So, we must help program graduates who fail to use failure in a constructive manner.

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