There is evidence that people who lapse, that is have a single episode of use, do not progress to full relapse if they use their coping skills to identify why the lapse occurred. They do not relapse if they use the analysis of their lapse to implement needed change such as improving stress management or giving up on a high risk friendship. A high level of commitment to abstinence and using effective coping skills results in the person using the lapse as a learning experience. The lapse, when treated as an event to be learned from, results in an even stronger commitment to life goals and a stronger, more effective relapse prevention plan (Marlatt, & Donovan, 2005). A high level of commitment to self-improvement is also linked with a reduced relapse rate when the commitment is supported by effective coping skills. A lapse just means you have more to learn about managing your life, and who doesn’t have more to learn?