Failure is Not Final

Most people don’t achieve drug abstinence on their first try. Repeated relapses and treatment failure can be degrading and lower one’s motivation to try again. Author Jason M.S. wrote that failure is not final, but provides insight into the path of success. The more one fails, the greater their chances of success in the future. Listen to a group of people who were dependent on opiates talk about their failures and successes in recovery.

Discussion Guide:

Have you failed at recovery in the past?

How many times did you enter substance abuse treatment before you were able to achieve long term abstinence?

Would you say that you are now a success? Or, do you still feel like a failure?

What are the lessons you’ve learned with each failure?

What are your recovery successes?




Credit and appreciation is given to author, Jason M. S. for his article “Failure is Not Final.” However, his identification is withheld for purposes of confidentiality.