Alex's Answer

How can I stop myself relapsing

Your Question

How do I stop myself from relapsing, I’ve been clean for 14 hours now, before yesterday it was 4 months…


Hey there, welcome to Ask Alex, we’re really glad you reached out.
First of all, we want to say well done for the progress you’ve made. Four months of being substance free is a significant achievement, and even though you had a setback, those 14 hours without relapsing are still a testament to your strength.
We understand how challenging this journey can be, especially for young people. It’s essential to be kind to yourself during this process.
It’s completely normal to have moments of struggle, but remember that you can always talk to someone you trust about your feelings. A trusted adult, like a parent, guardian, or a counsellor, can provide valuable support and guidance. Who would have supported you the last time? Do you think you could talk to them again? Also, you can find helpful resources on to guide you on your path to  recovery.
If you feel like you can’t talk to someone you know just yet, don’t forget that you’re not alone. The Childline Team is here for you 24 hours a day, every day. You can call us at 1800 66 66 66, or you can use the Live Chat service at The services are non-judgmental and confidential (unless you choose to give identifying information about yourself). We’re here to support you and explore your options with you. Remember, you’ve already shown incredible strength, and you can overcome this setback.
Keep reaching out for support, and you’ll get through this. We’re here for you.

Ask me a question

You can ask me about anything you want, there’s nothing too big or small.