Posted by: RealisticRecovery | October 25, 2010

Videos: What is the difference between ‘slip’ and ‘relapse’ in addiction recovery?

What is the difference between ‘slip’ and ‘relapse’ in addiction recovery?

Video 1: Let’s say that you’re a gambling addict and you’ve sworn off all forms of gambling and someone gives you a couple of quick pick cards. Now, Id’ say if you were truly committed to not gambling you would give those away or just say “I’m not interested,” but you might say, “I’m just going to scratch off a couple just to see if I win.” If that throws you back into your whole gambling addiction, then I would say that was relapse. But if you’re able to say, “Okay, I see where this is going. I’ve got to stop, I’ve got to regroup, I’ve got to refocus,” then it was a slip. So it’s just a matter of degree. – Dr. Daniel Gatlin ***View This Video Here – 48 secs***

Video 2: A slip, or a lapse or relapse, are just terms that we use as professionals to sort of convey the length of time and severity of the fall back into the old behaviors. A relapse is considered a full fall back into the old destructive behaviors. It may be short-term. It may be as short as one or two days. Usually though, it implies a week or two, or months or years. A lapse or a slip is considered a single episode, one day, and not that severely re-initiating, not only the destructive behavior, but all the consequences and all the other associated behaviors that go with it. – Dr. Marc Kern ***View This Video Here – 48 secs***




  1. I am a recovering alcoholic, gambler, and other addiction problems. I published a book, Gripped by Gambling, where the readers can follow the destructive path of the compulsive gambler, a prison sentence, and then on to the recovery road. I recently finished a second book, Switching Addictions, describing the challenges the addict encounters as they work toward recovery. I also publish an online newsletter, Women Helping Women, which has been on-line for more than ten years and is read by women around the world. (


    Marilyn Lancelot

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