Do you have someone in your life that is in recovery? Are you yourself in recovery? It is so imperative to the well-being of recovering addicts to know that there is real support available from loved ones. Support is especially necessary after a relapse. It is vital that all individuals involved recognize the fact that relapse, is indeed, a part of recovery. Very few addicts get it right fresh out of the gate. Human beings make mistakes. If a relapse does occur, it is time to focus on everything you are doing right. Focus on progress and how far you have come. If it is someone close to you who has had the relapse, then point out all of the hard work he/she has put into their recovery. A step backward does not negate everything in recovery that has been attained up until the relapse occurred. Be kind to yourself and others. What is important, is you recognize the error of your ways and brush yourself off. Do not continue to use. Talk about it with a sponsor or counselor. If you are the support for the person in recovery, then listen to your loved one. Allow them to vent and feel. Be the shoulder to cry on. Let them know that your support is there for them, and you do not look down on them. Offer to take them to a support meeting. If you are in recovery it is helpful to keep a journal. Write down how you feel. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for in your life. Recognizing the wonderful things and people that are a part of your everyday life is not only a healthy habit to develop, it also keeps things in perspective for you. Always look ahead. Remember that you do not want to go back to the darkness and agony of active addiction. Hold your head up high. If no one has told you today, I am proud of you.