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Relapse is when a person in recovery returns to abusing illicit substances after a period of abstinence. Relapse prevention treatment is a set of measures, therapies and techniques that help patients prevent a return to drug or alcohol abuse. Relapse prevention is a vital part of addiction treatment, and at Drug Treatment Centers Brentwood, we provide patients with the proper education and skills to avoid triggers and temptations once they complete their rehab program. To find out more about our relapse prevention programs, dial 631-729-7141.

Relapse Rates by Substance

Relapse statistics are high, making it important to teach recovering addicts the importance of relapse prevention techniques.

Here are samples of recidivism rates occurring in the first five years:

  • Heroin – 87%
  • Alcohol – 86%
  • Crack cocaine – 84%
  • Marijuana – 72%
  • Depressant drugs – 51%
  • Methamphetamines – 56%
  • Cocaine – 55%
  • PCP, inhalants and hallucinogens – 40-46%

Three Stages of Relapse

Emotional: Negative emotions and behaviors like anxiety and anger are developing, increasing the risk for relapse. This leads to defensiveness and isolation, leading to not asking for help and not attending meetings.

Mental: Conflicting feelings are developing where a battle is going on between using and abstaining. Thoughts turn into definite thoughts of using. Reminiscing about using,  glamorizing past abuse, lying to others and to themselves, contacting abuser friends, dreaming about using, considering and then planning to relapse are all warning signs.

Physical: The user has begun to physically abuse drugs and/or alcohol again. Relapse prevention teaches even with using again a reality, a person can still seek help before too long and can enter treatment. The tools to ask for help before abuse becomes too severe will become significant at this stage.

Prevention Programs

Relapse prevention groups help a person learn the early signs of relapse and how to use techniques and behaviors to avoid relapsing.

Some of these prevention strategies include living in a sober house, attending treatment meetings, talking to a sponsor regularly for support and attending individual therapy sessions. Alternative holistic therapies like yoga, art, equine, music therapy and biofeedback can also be helpful. All of these relapse prevention techniques help keep an addict sober.

While in treatment, people have structure. All activities and treatment are scheduled. Once residential treatment is completed, the lack of structure leaves a void. To some, this will cause instability and confusion. The unpredictable outside world is hard to tackle without self-confidence. Relapse becomes a high risk at this early stage. Addiction specialists recommend attending aftercare programs for a minimum of six months to smooth this transition. Aftercare programs will ease the person back into everyday life, teach coping skills as situations arise and give daily and ready support.

The Road to Recovery

Addiction treatment centers help addicts who have relapsed. A safe and sanitary setting where qualified mental and health professionals can analyze the severity of the relapse, the need for a medical detox and how to proceed are important. This also helps an addict regroup, analyze why they relapsed and how to return to recovery. Medical professionals in addiction rehab centers assess treatment and aftercare plans and modify them to decrease the chances of relapse the next time.

Call Drug Treatment Centers Brentwood at 631-729-7141 to talk to one of our qualified treatment specialists. We can give you detailed information on our treatment plans and relapse prevention strategies. We will develop comprehensive and closely monitored aftercare plans based on the individual needs of a person. Our effective treatments and therapeutic approaches increase the probability of abstinence for the long term. No longer does anyone have to live with the pain and shame of addiction. We welcome you to call us. We help you stay in recovery and equip you with relapse prevention tools to make sobriety a success.

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