Relapse Prevention treatment is best for those who have undergone addiction treatment and are striving to maintain their recovery gains while developing a lifestyle that supports well-being and sobriety.
Treat or Prevent Addiction Relapse
Relapse occurs when addictive behaviors are resumed after a period of abstinence and, believe it or not, is actually a common part of the recovery process. It’s not atypical for addicts to hit a few rough patches on the road to sobriety and fall into old habits of using, but this isn’t always indicative of a one-way, downward failure – in fact, many people who are trying to quit often go through one to several relapse cycles before quitting for good. Of course, this isn’t to say that relapse isn’t be taken seriously, but that a good prevent addiction relapse program should always anticipate its occurrence and factor it into treatment.
Principles of Relapse Prevention
- Self-regulation and stabilization: Stabilization comes from detox from alcohol and drug addiction, recuperation from associated stress, resolution of interpersonal and situational crises threatening sobriety and establishment of daily structure such as proper diet, exercise, stress management and regular contact with treatment personnel and self help groups. Stabilization brings about your ability to self-regulate thinking, feeling, memory, judgment and behavior. As the risk of relapse is highest during this period of stabilization, it’s most advantageous to be in a controlled environment.
- Integration and self-assessment: While your understanding and acceptance grows, the risk of relapse further decreases. This is the period of time when it’s important to explore the situations, events and triggers that may have led to relapse in the past.
- Understanding and relapse education: As you learn about what general factors cause relapse, your ability to avoid relapse increases.
There are many other principals that may be incorporated into a prevent addiction relapse plan. The most important thing for an individual suffering from addiction is that relapse is inevitable if one takes no steps to prevent it. At StepHouse Recovery, prevent addiction relapse is foundational to all of our treatment modalities, but we also offer it as a follow-up service and standalone treatment plan. Our premier prevent addiction relapse program includes:
- Teaching coping skills that allow the recovering person to identify, anticipate, avoid and/or cop with high-risk, relapse prone situations
- Containing a single lapse from turning into a string of multiple relapses
- Behavioral self-management techniques