Addiction is a disease that does not go away but instead goes into remission. Relapse can happen to anyone; it does not discriminate on sex, height, hair color, length of sobriety or strength of one’s program.
During my own recovery, I went on a six-month relapse. I’m not sure if you can even call that a relapse; it was more like a binge. I was in my second semester of my senior year of high school and had accumulated about nine months of sobriety. I thought I had it, and I guess I got complacent. I quit meeting with my sponsor, started going to meetings late or leaving early, would lie to my parents about even going to a meeting and started hanging out with old “using” people, in old “using” places, doing old “using” things, but I had not used, yet. Eventually, as these things continued to occur, I relapsed.