This is a yes or no poll


#1

So I have been sober for 2 years and recently I have had a hard time sleeping. So I went the medicine cabinet to grab a sleep aide and I went for zquil not nyquil thinking it was none alcoholic due it says it’s none habit forming. After I had taken the suggested dose I realize it wasn’t alcohol free.It was totally by accident and me having a dumb moment. Would this be considered a relapse or not.


#2

For me personally I would say no. As long as you didn’t realize that it contained alcohol, did not knowingly down the bottle to achieve a drunk I’d not count this as a relapse.


#3

No :slightly_smiling_face:


#4

No. If you dont fill the urge to go out and drink, then are fine…


#5

No not at all.


#6

. It will help you to know that if the medicine says elixir it has alcohol in it. You have to be careful with cough medicines to.but in your case i woudnt worry not a slip , doing great on 2 years


#7

Nope! Unfortunately a lot of things have alcohol, but the amount is ridiculously low. If you pounded a shot of whiskey to sleep, then yes.


#8

No, not at all.


#9

No, sounds like an accident…

To my understanding a ‘slip’ is purposefully & knowingly, choosing to drink alcohol during one occasion, regretting it & getting right back on the wagon.

Whereas a ‘relapse’ is purposefully & knowingly choosing to walk away from your recovery for a length of time.


#10

No way was that a relapse. Don’t worry.


#11

For me, absolutely not. It was an honest mistake. No worries.


#12

I vote no as well


#13

Nah no way. Even orange juice can have traces of alcohol.


#14

Not a relapse in my book! It was accidental and youre not continuing to take it…


#15

I vote no.
It would be different if you slammed the bottle in hopes to catch a small buzz :slight_smile:
Hopefully you got some sleep tho. I know how awful it is to not sleep.
Have you tried melatonin? I take it nightly and couldn’t fall asleep without it.


#16

No not at all. Your intent was to go with something that did not contain alcohol so you are in the clear.


#17

No. The alcohol intake was purely unintentional. Your intention was to take an OTC sleep aid, not drink a shot of alcohol. Not a relapse.

I would however, encourage you to be mindful of OTC medicines in general, and those known to contain intoxicants specifically. I avoid them. I take tumeric (the spice, in capsule form) for pain daily, and for acute pain, I use ice. For a cough, I use honey and lemon. For congestion, I use a neti pot.

Prescription medications are a different matter, so be discussed with your doctor. Whenever my doctor says he wants to prescribe something, I first ask if there is a natural alternative, or if there is something I can do diet or exercise-wise to address the issue. If there is, then this is what I try, first. Still, prescriptions are a “last resort” sort of thing for me.


#18

Nope! I had the same problem when I had a cold last year. I felt so yucky, I didn’t even think about what I was taking.
I came to the forum, and got the same response. You are good. :blush:


#19


#20

I like your nuanced approach here. My last relapse was indeed a relapse, by this definition.

Day 235, getting better at getting better.