For those of us who've been here a while it's a disappointment rather than a shock. He's relapsed so many times it's hard to keep track.
It's a disappointment, though, because this client is intelligent and well educated. He has computer skills and a counseling degree. He has a good personality and many friends. He knows as much as anyone about twelve step programs.
But he can't stay sober.
He'll get a few years of sobriety, a job, then all of a sudden he’s drinking and smoking crack. And he does this until he's at death's door. Then he drags himself back to TLC, full of remorse and serious about change.
So what do we do? If he survives this run we'll probably help him again.
After all, many of us failed over and over until we finally got it. Then someone helped us.