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The Power Of Relapse Prevention Counseling And Tips To Prevent Relapsing

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.

Continue Recovery

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.

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The Importance Of Nutrition Counseling And Eating Well In Rehab

While balanced nutrition is important for everyone, it is especially vital for those who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. It’s simply a fact that malnutrition is often an unfortunate consequence of addiction. And, the poor eating habits that frequently go hand-in-hand with addiction often lead to a host of additional physical, mental, and emotional problems.

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Interestingly, only fat contains more calories per gram than alcohol. Because of this, individuals who are addicted to alcohol will experience a sense of fullness after eating very little. Consuming large quantities of empty calories in alcohol leads to poor eating habits and malnutrition. Those who abuse drugs have a similar experience, as well. Alcohol and drugs actually prevent the body from properly absorbing and breaking down nutrients. Thus, even the addicts who are consuming balanced diets suffer from some amount of malnutrition.

Nutrition Counseling In Rehab

Nutrition counseling in addiction treatment plays an important role in recovery because it helps build the foundation for new habits and a healthier way of life. We believe a healthy diet must be incorporated into an individualized treatment program. This is why we offer nutrition counseling to help our clients understand their individual nutritional needs and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.

A Healthier Way Of Eating And Living

At Summit Estate, we have chefs on staff to prepare balanced, nutritious meals that are created specifically for our clients’ enjoyment. Our inpatient gourmet cuisine is made with fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. Breads and desserts are made from scratch daily.

Gourmet Meal-Nutrition Counseling In Rehab-Summit EstateThe right mix of protein and carbohydrate-rich foods can greatly help with cravings during the early stages of recovery and provide energy and a more balanced, positive outlook. With a healthy diet, our clients may begin to experience many of the positive benefits of recovery sooner including restored energy, elevated mood, and fewer cravings.

Balanced meals and snacks can also help strengthen the body, the mind, and the spirit to provide greater ability to resist temptation and to prevent relapse.

The Benefits Of Individualized Meals

As part of an individualized treatment program, meals are adapted to address each client’s specific health needs and food preferences. Our nutritional counselors can work with clients and our in-house chefs to ensure meals are nutritious and enjoyable.

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If you’re ready to embrace recovery and start a more healthful way of life, we encourage you to call us now. We are here to help.

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*Please note that we receive nutritional counseling services through an external provider – the cost is not included in the cost of your stay with us.

What Are The Benefits Of Outpatient Group Therapy?

Whether you are seeking ongoing support after inpatient treatment or you’re currently in an outpatient treatment program, there are many benefits to participating in outpatient group therapy. But before we delve into the benefits, you must understand what group therapy is.

What Is Group Therapy?

Benefits Of Outpatient Group Therapy-www.SummitEstate.comOutpatient group therapy is a treatment option in a comprehensive holistic addiction treatment program that is designed to provide support and to help heal emotional and psychological struggles caused by addiction and co-occurring disorders.

A therapy group consists of individuals with a shared disorder who have committed themselves to regular sessions along with a therapist who is trained in group dynamics and process. The therapist encourages trust, respect and honesty among participants while addressing painful experiences as they are discussed.

While one-on-one therapy and family counseling are also beneficial for sustaining long-term recovery, outpatient group therapy can be particularly beneficial for a number of reasons.

Benefits Of Outpatient Group Therapy

It Provides A Valuable Connection To Others

One of the biggest benefits of outpatient group therapy is that it can help you feel that you are not alone. There are others who understand your challenges. By attending sessions, you gain validation for your feelings while also providing purpose in others’ lives.

It Offers New Ways To Look At Things And Deal With Problems

Because group participants share common emotional and psychological struggles, they can support each other, as well as offer suggestions for new ways for dealing with issues.

It Can Help You In Your Relationships Outside The Group

Over time, participants become more comfortable sharing their thoughts, feelings and challenges. Trust, respect and honesty grow among participants which helps strengthen skills that can benefit relationships with those within and outside of the group.

What To Expect In Outpatient Group Therapy

At a group therapy outpatient center, small groups of patients meet on a regular basis to discuss problems and feelings to offer mutual support. The therapist acts as a moderator and may suggest a theme or topic for a discussion.

During group therapy sessions, members can work on changing old ways of thinking and behaving in favor of more productive ways. Interaction and discussion is often lively, and the sessions can be very beneficial when used in conjunction with other tools for embracing recovery.

Summit Estate Recovery Center offers group therapy as part of our personalized outpatient addiction treatment in Saratoga, California. To learn more about outpatient group therapy and addiction treatment, call us now!