Addiction experts note that relapse is not uncommon. The reality of recovery is that many people experience relapse at various points along the road to recovery. No doubt relapse hits you hard, but remember recovery is about progression not perfection. It can be a challenge to find the courage to start again. You may feel frustration, anger, or disappointment. That’s ok. Furthermore, don’t let your mind interpret this relapse as a failure. It’s not! Think of it as a bruise, not a tattoo. It’s not a defeat, just a temporary and oftentimes typical setback. Your recovery path will be full of obstacles. Sometimes you’ll stumble and maybe even fall. Just remember it’s only a bruise and not a tattoo. Stay Strong, Get Help, and Just Say No!