Recovering from a Lapse or Relapse

Managing substance use

About this resource

What It Does

This session will teach you about:

checkmarkThe difference between a lapse and relapse
checkmarkThe steps that lead to lapses
checkmarkHow to avoid lapses and move forward from a relapse

How It Helps

This resource can help you:

checkmarkNotice warning signs of relapse
checkmarkTake steps to avoid triggers
checkmarkStop blaming yourself for lapses or relapses

This session will teach you about:

checkmarkThe difference between a lapse and relapse
checkmarkThe steps that lead to lapses
checkmarkHow to avoid lapses and move forward from a relapse

This resource can help you:

checkmarkNotice warning signs of relapse
checkmarkTake steps to avoid triggers
checkmarkStop blaming yourself for lapses or relapses

There's a beginning to every journey

There's more where this came from! This resource is just one part of a wellness program. Create an account to use the full program, along with:

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5 min self-assessment

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Progress tracking

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Self-guided courses/apps

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Communities of support

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Confidential counselling

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Substance use support

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This resource was taken from TAO’s library of mental health courses and mindfulness exercises.

If you are interested in finding more resources like this one, including self-guided courses, webinars, peer-to-peer support groups, live counselling, mindfulness meditations, and more, you can create an account for free. You’ll also be able to complete a wellness assessment and track your progress towards your wellness goals.


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