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Relapse Prevention Techniques

Relapse prevention requires a plan of relapse prevention techniques that help you or your loved one stay clean and sober, and to successfully continue in recovery. The Promises Behavioral Health professionals understand that recovery is not easy and that relapse prevention is an ongoing part of recovery. We are here to help you through your treatment and address your needs as a whole person. Discover the importance of relapse prevention techniques in your ongoing recovery. If you need addiction treatment after a relapse, contact our addiction treatment program at 844.875.5609 today.

Facts about Relapse

Relapse prevention is a part of the everyday life of someone in recovery. Did you relapse, and now feel like you failed in your recovery? Do you feel like your treatment program was not successful because of your difficulties fighting off triggers, cues, and the actual act of relapse? You are not alone. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) indicates that there is a 40 to 60 percent relapse rate among people with substance use disorders. NIDA, like several other sources, calls relapse a ‘normal’ part of recovery.

There are significant risks associated with relapse, even though it is recognized as a normal part of recovery. That is the primary reason that you need to actively engage in relapse prevention techniques.

Some potential risks and dangers that are associated with relapse include:

  • Difficulty with control over triggers
  • Inability to cope with stress or anxiety disorders
  • Returning to the drugs that you used in the past or using new drugs
  • Using multiple drugs together
  • Experiencing loneliness or other emotions that lead you back to the old people and old places and old things
  • Overdose or death

What are Relapse Prevention Techniques?

Relapse prevention techniques involve developing a plan that is tailored to maintaining new behaviors learned in treatment that are specifically geared towards relapse prevention. The Recovery Research Institute refers to relapse prevention techniques as ‘skills-based,’ with a cognitive-behavioral approach and a behavioral approach that requires action.

The cognitive-behavioral therapy program at Promises Behavioral Health helps you to understand your own internal dialogue, and to then take charge of your thoughts and your life. Learn to stop thinking of yourself as a failure and automatically experiencing other negative thoughts. Discover newer, more realistic, and positive patterns of thinking with the cognitive-behavioral approach to relapse prevention techniques. Your therapist explains and guides you through the cognitive behavioral therapy approach or other addiction therapy program approaches that help with relapse prevention techniques.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

One reason that many people return to using drugs and alcohol are mental health conditions. Addiction and mental illness often coincide. Sometimes, the person started using drugs or alcohol to cope with mental health symptoms. Other times, mental health symptoms occurred as a result of addiction. However, when they got treatment originally, their treatment programs did not address the mental health condition. As a result, the individual didn’t have the tools that they needed to battle their mental health condition sober. With dual diagnosis treatment, we give you the skills you need to stay clean and manage your mental health, ultimately preventing relapse. Our mental health treatment options include:

How Can Relapse Prevention Techniques Help Me if I Already Relapsed?

Relapse does not mean that you did not succeed in treatment. There is a faulty assumption that some people have that tells them that the treatment program did not work if they relapsed. This is only a potentially faulty way of thinking about treatment and relapse, and not a determinate about your success or the success of your treatment. Contact us at 844.875.5609 to learn more about relapse prevention, or to start on your path to recovery today.

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