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Sobriety and Slips FAQ

Q: What is sobriety in couple recovery?

A: We define sobriety as the ability to remain committed to the relationship.  We believe sobriety begins when we take and accept the First Step together.  “We admitted we were powerless over our relationship -- that our life together had become unmanageable.”  One way   to affirm our growth is an RCA recovery medallion, which signifies our time in the program.



Q: What is a slip or relapse in couple recovery?

A: A slip occurs when we question our commitment, refuse to accept mutual, responsibility for our problems, get into blaming or judging behavior, violate the safety guidelines and/or stop working the program together.  Usually our communication has broken down, and we have distanced ourselves from each other through old behaviors.  A slip is a momentary lapse in progress, whereas a relapse is more serious and may require additional help.