When a friend of mine was trying to quit drinking, he initially didn't drink a lot. He was out in a bar a few nights every week. He decided to fight his addiction when his drinking almost cost him his job. When things got back to normal he started drinking again but this time round he'd drink every night. No longer did he care about his job anymore. I've noticed that many addicts after a failed to attempt to overcome their addictions get progressively worse with each abortive attempt and the relapse that follows. This is one reason why someone fighting an addiction should fight hard to avoid relapsing because if it does happen then his/her addiction will worse than it was. Why do you think this happens? Addictions getting worse after a relapse? Is it a psychological response? Some desire for compensation or something akin to it?