Yes my son has relapsed a few times since his brother passed away in August. And every time he's relapsed I've thought "this is it, he's going to spiral down into the depths of addiction and all the crap (homelessness, etc) that goes with it." But every time he's relapsed it's been for a day or two and then he got back into meetings, therapy, etc. This give me more hope than you can imagine. He may spend the rest of his life going back and forth from relapse to recovery...but the moments of sobriety and working the program last longer than the relapses and that gives me reason to be optimistic. A year ago he was using the "relapse is a natural part of recovery" card as an excuse to use. He doesn't seem to be doing that anymore. Just yesterday I reiterated to him that while I'm disappointed when he does relapse I'm equally or more so proud of the way he responds and the effort he makes to overcome. I'm praying for a full and complete recovery, which may be unrealistic. But while I'm seeing him relapse I'm also seeing progress in his steps to recovery. Maybe he'll find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow after all...even if I'm not around by then to witness it.