If you have quit smoking for some time (a few weeks), a slip is a brief slip back to using tobacco. A relapse is return to regular tobacco use patterns.
It's OK if you slip. Many people slip and still go on to become life-long non-smokers! How you handle a slip is very important and can get you back on track quickly.
Create a Slip Tracker to give you clues about what you need to do differently. Remember, a slip is information. It tells you that your coping skills are not developed enough.
For example, if you slipped when you went to have cocktails with friends, this tells you the situation is risky for you. Alcohol combined with being around friends who smoke, this is a situation that will make you break. Think about what you were feeling... think about the thoughts you were having. Finally, come up with more coping skills. Are you going to Avoid the situation, Alter it in some way, or find more Alternatives, such as nicotine gum, lozenges, straws, mints, hard candies or toothpicks to keep your mouth busy?
Example Slip Tracker
Situation I slipped
What was I feeling?
What was I thinking about? Did I forget to use Positive Self-Talk?