Relapse Prevention

Drug and alcohol addiction are issues that an individual often times has been struggling with for many years. Addiction can do large amounts of harm to the individual not only physiologically, but mentally as well. This is why it is so important that people struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol receive the treatment necessary to a more successful recovery.

When an individual has successfully gone into and completed an addiction recovery program, their recovery does not stop there. Recovery is a lifelong commitment that requires continuous strength and fortifying. Being that once a person is back into the environment that was in one way or another conducive to their addiction, it is important that they continue to use the skills and techniques learned in treatment to overcome and handle triggers that arise in their day to day life. Having the ability to do this is key to preventing that condition and word that every recovering addict dreads - relapse.

Prevention of relapse is a proposition that should have a large amount of attention directed toward it, and many treatment centers in fact do not focus on it enough. A person can do extremely well within the safe and structured environment of a treatment center, but once they are back in their day to day life, there are going to be a slew of factors that they need to know how to handle without turning back to substance abuse or it can be detrimental to their recovery.

Relapse Prevention Plans

Relapse prevention can encompass a great many different things. Not only does it need to address handling triggers that will generally occur regularly, but it many times is successful to have a full relapse prevention plan. A relapse prevention plan is a series of steps for the individual to follow to assist in helping them reintegrate into society safely and begin to build a productive lifestyle.

While not all centers provide relapse prevention plans as part of their treatment services, they can be a very valuable component of a program. What usually occurs when this service is offered is a member of the faculty at the treatment center will work to establish a series of steps for the individual to follow immediately after treatment, as well as for an extended period of time after returning home from the treatment program.

Relapse Prevention Plans can consist of things such as:

  • Trigger Handling - As stated previously, it is important that the individual know how to handle their particular triggers. Much of the time, these are discovered during the course of treatment, and then can later be gone over again with a member of the staff such as your therapist, as to the proper ways to address and handle them.
  • Career Establishment - This can be an important part of an individual joining back into the flow of daily life. A plan can be established for either them working to obtain a job, or returning to their already held job and how to integrate it best with their recovery. A person freshly out of treatment getting back into producing in their life can help them to stay away from the dangerous substances and triggers within their life, as well as keeping their morale up by working.
  • Schooling - For those who are choosing to not return to work or get a job, but rather choosing to go back to school, this can be made part of their relapse prevention plan. Such as getting enrolled, balancing it in their lifestyle, or applying to schools.
  • Continuing Treatment - Sometimes it is encouraged for an individual to attend some sort of continuation of treatment when they are out of an inpatient treatment center. There are several things that can be used as continuing care. It could be to begin an outpatient program, with which they can continue to receive some type of therapy or counseling. It could also be a transitional home or halfway house. These types of living facilities can help the individual transition back into day to day life by providing more structure and responsibility to their lives.
  • Scheduled Follow Up Calls - Sometimes follow up calls can be placed under the heading of relapse prevention, as well as aftercare. A call can be scheduled at certain intervals with a staff member of the facility to see how the recovering individual is doing in their life, and how they are progressing upon their relapse prevention plan. It can include any advice, suggestions, or ideas on how to complete certain steps.
  • Building or Maintaining a Support Network - A person in recovery having a stable network of individuals for support can be a vital factor to their long term sobriety and recovery. This network can vary for each individual, but many times friends and family play a large part within it. Since these people can be one of the best support networks for you, utilizing them when needed is important. Another type of support network could consist of beginning to attend local recovery meetings if that appeals to one. This could include meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Individuals at these meetings are generally working toward the same goal as you of long term recovery, so the support that can be provided to each other can be invaluable.

If you or a loved one are seeking to be treated for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or have relapsed, let us assist you. We know going into treatment for the first time or once again can be a frightening idea at times. Finding a treatment center that will tailor a proper program to address individual needs can help to relieve some of this stress. Some can feel alone when attending treatment, but having a center that will work with you and provide treatment particular to you can help to ease the feeling of isolation. We know it can be difficult to find a center like this, but we can help. Give us a call today and we will help to find you or your loved one the perfect private inpatient treatment center.

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