I'm going to get straight to the point. Here we go.
To relapse is the result of a resistance to moving forward. The nature of evolutionary life is to move forward, and forward movement occurs in two fundamental ways: 1) in a linear fashion, and 2) in a cyclical fashion.
What does linear mean? Well, the "line" in linear refers to a piece of space that connects two separate points in some kind of functional way. We use lines to travel from one place to the next, not only in physical space, but metaphorically and mentally. I can draw a line from my house to the grocery store, and I can also draw a line from addiction to recovery.
What does cyclical mean? The "cycle" in cyclical refers to a quality of repetition, as well as a return to an original source. The shape that most reflects the essence of a cycle is the circle. A circle is a bent line that never diverts from its constant path—following the perfect curve of pi (π), thereby remaining totally self-contained. Cycles are happening all around us, and within us.
Here's where it gets interesting. When you combine the two qualities of linear and cyclical, you get a spiral. A spiral is a circular line that revolves around a central point. So, if we move backwards, or against the flow of forward progress, it has been said that we are in a downward (negative) spiral. When we move forward, it could be said that we are in an upward (positive) spiral.
I have relapsed one time about four years ago, and that short relapse had the quality of a downward spiral (resisting forward momentum). Basically, I was trying to drag someone along that didn't want to get dragged along. Fortunately, it didn't last long. Lesson learned.
The relapse taught me to keep moving forward, regardless of who is coming with me. Even in solitude, or when the number of companions is seemingly sparse, it is advantageous to keep spiraling towards ecstatic bliss. One way we can keep spiraling forward is by using the Dare to Dream Formula: http://ayprecovery.
The more we follow a vision of enlightenment, the more enlightenment will be here now. To some extent, it is already here now, but that doesn't mean we can't amplify and enrich it further. To amplify and enrich our Being requires momentum and traction in stillness, and we can acquire That by shaking off the identity of being an addict or alcoholic.
The identity isn't real, but the stillness in action is.
If you're coming off a relapse, or fear that you might be headed towards one, take a look at the Dare to Dream Formula. You won't regret it.
If followed diligently, the formula will pave a road for success—leaving the tendency to relapse far behind. Let's blaze ahead, and not look back.