A high percentage of addicts will eventually abuse drugs or alcohol again. That’s why relapse prevention strategies are so important. If you’ve been through rehab, here is some information that will help you develop proper relapse prevention coping skills.
Three Stages of Relapse
Therapists generally recognize three different stages of relapse. The first is the emotional phase, which happens when someone experiences anxiety, depression, or a stressful event. This is when the idea of using again first begins to cross a person’s mind.
A failure to deal with emotions can lead to the second stage, which is the mental phase. During the mental phase, you actively think about using drugs or alcohol again. You may even attempt to rationalize it by saying you will only do it once and never again. This is a dangerous stage which, if left unchecked, will lead to the next stage.
Physical relapse is the third and final stage in the process. At this time, you actively seek out drugs and begin using them again. You may even do so gradually; however, the odds that you will eventually develop an addiction again are very high. At this stage, you need help from a professional rehabilitation treatment center such as ours.
The key to any successful relapse prevention therapy involves learning to avoid triggers. The triggers that can cause a relapse are different for each person. For example, your loved one may feel triggered by hanging out with old friends or visiting certain places. On the other hand, someone else’s relapse might stem from anxiety or personal items that remind them of their drug use.
Identifying triggers is an essential first step in preventing relapses. Once you can identify things that cause you to think about using, you are well on your way to developing proper relapse prevention coping skills.
Relapse Prevention Strategies from Gateway Foundation
Before you can worry about learning relapse prevention coping skills, you first have to get sober. We offer several programs to help you do that, including:
- Motivational Interviewing
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- Trauma Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
As a non-profit organization, we can customize a treatment plan based on your needs and not some mandates from an insurance company. Our ability to customize treatment means you will receive the best possible care under your circumstances.
Relapse Prevention Services
Once you are on your path to recovery, we will then implement relapse prevention strategies such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). The goal of ACT is to help you develop coping strategies. That way, you do not turn to drugs or alcohol when dealing with stressful situations. ACT, along with a 12-step or aftercare program, can prove highly effective at preventing dangerous relapses.
Judgement Free Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Don’t feel embarrassed by the fact that you have relapsed. Allow us to help you get back on the right path again. We’ll guide you in developing good relapse prevention strategies, so the same thing does not happen again. For an intake assessment, please contact us at [Direct].