Every individual who has successfully completed a recovery program is at some risk of relapse. This is why drug and alcohol addiction recovery is considered a process, rather than a one-time event. It continues for life.
Because no one is completely cured from the temptations of addiction, relapse is unfortunately a possibility. However, it’s important to remember that a drug or alcohol relapse does not mean that recovery is over. Rather, it’s a stage in the journey that requires a return to treatment.
Relapse Is Common
Many people will experience one or more relapses on their journey of recovery. Yet, there are ways to minimize the risk of it happening. Often, an intensive, focused commitment to treatment is sufficient to cause permanent behavioral change that lasts a lifetime.
For others, a relapse prevention program that includes ongoing counseling can help tremendously. By developing a comprehensive recovery plan that includes understanding triggers for relapse, recovering addicts can significantly reduce their risk of returning to addiction.
The Power Of Relapse Prevention Counseling
Watch a thought-provoking snippet of Summit Estate’s Roland Williams teaching Relapse Prevention Counseling Training below. Mr. Williams shares the power of thoughts, core beliefs and external messages and how they ultimately affect urges and decisions.
Yes, it requires commitment to participate in ongoing relapse prevention. And, every individual is different when it comes to their success both in and out of treatment.
The following tips however, will greatly prevent your chances of relapsing:
Tips To Avoid Relapse
Stick To A Recovery Plan
This begins with a first 30 days out of rehab plan to minimize the initial risks of temptation. The plan should be structured to keep one busy and away from triggers that led to the addiction.
Recovery doesn’t stop after detox treatment or even after an extended inpatient program. In fact, it’s just the start of a lifelong journey. Interestingly, relapse is most likely to occur in the initial weeks following treatment when the individual is re-exposed to triggers and temptation. Relapse programs vary depending on the specific needs of the addict. For some, attending regular 12-step meetings is sufficient. For others, a more structured program is required with ongoing therapy sessions.
Relapse Doesn’t Mean Failure
While a relapse is definitely a set-back, it doesn’t mean that recovery is over. Rather, it’s an indicator that it’s necessary to get help right away. Don’t be ashamed of your behavior and don’t hide a relapse. Instead, reach out to your support network and start back on the journey of living day-to-day in recovery.
Personalized Relapse Prevention And Addiction Treatment
Call Summit Estate today to learn more about our personalized treatment options including our relapse prevention treatment that can help reduce your chance of returning to addiction. We will create a treatment plan based off of your individual needs and goals and treat you with the respect and care that you deserve.