Listening to Recovery Peers
Anyone who looks around the room at 12-Step meeting, will likely see at least one person who thought they could still use a certain drug or drink alcohol. What started as mere substance flirtation morphed into a serious problem, probably involving the substance that they sought help for in the first place. And a full-blown relapse ensues. The fact that this hypothetical relapser of ours is in your line of sight, means that they managed to find their way back to the “rooms.” But, please be advised that many relapsers do not ever make it back.
With that in mind, abstaining from every mind-altering substance is not only important to your program—it could save your life. If you are unsure about something, such a prescription drug, talk to your sponsor or someone else you feel comfortable with. You may have been prescribed something that could compromise your program without you even being aware. People who self-detox will sometimes see a doctor complaining of anxiety. Unless said person informs their physician of their problem with substances, a benzodiazepine might be prescribed. Given that many alcoholics don’t have any history of substance abuse, they may not know that benzodiazepines are addictive. Continued use could result in a relapse to alcohol.