The recovery process does not end when a person completes an inpatient recovery program. Actually, recovery is a process that lasts a lifetime, and returning to everyday life can present a completely new array of challenges, hurdles and stressors. When not properly addressed or healthily managed, these stressors can trigger a relapse.
Though relapse itself does not mean that recovery has failed, relapse is certainly something to be avoided. To ensure that our clients are fully equipped, we work with them to establish a strong foundation in recovery by providing them with the tools needed to prevent relapse.
What is Relapse Prevention?
Prevention means keeping a close eye on the warning signs. Relapse prevention involves understanding the situations, behaviors and emotions that trigger relapse. In some ways, returning home from rehab is one of the most challenging parts of the recovery process; it is during this stage that relapse becomes a concern. That is why Above It All provides
clients with a relapse prevention program, allowing clients to gradually transition back into regular life while receiving ongoing support and encouragement from sponsors, therapists and peers.
Relapse prevention therapy begins with the creation of a detailed discharge plan. This plan provides clients with the resources they need to make a successful transition out of the Above It All residential facility and into their everyday life. For some clients, these resources may include outpatient recovery services, partial hospitalization or simply access to an aftercare treatment program. Additionally, clients will meet with their therapist to assess what they need in order to get back to their own life.
Relapse Prevention at Above It All Treatment Center
Relapse prevention at Above It All continues long after the client settles back into everyday life. It is our belief that one of the keys to maintaining sobriety and preventing relapse is receiving ongoing support and encouragement from others who are in recovery. As such, it’s important for clients who leave our facility to connect with other individuals who have had similar experiences. We also strongly encourage continued involvement in support groups for added accountability.
Our foremost concern is the ongoing safety and sobriety of our clients. We want each client to know they can always connect with Above It All for support in any ongoing needs or struggles. Our alumni are invaluable to us, and we stay in contact with them long after they have left treatment.
Signs of Relapse
Some relapse warning signs include:
- Thinking you no longer need help or support because you’ve overcome your addiction
- You lie to the people closest to you
- You start feeling overly irritated with family and friends
- You begin entertaining ideas about drinking socially
- You stop keeping a structure to your daily activities
Relapse Prevention Planning
The hallmark of our relapse prevention program is the development of the relapse prevention plan. This is the detailed discharge document that clients will help develop, in close collaboration with sponsors and therapists. This document will provide ongoing strategies and resources for relapse prevention.
Relapse Prevention Exercises
Therapists and counselors can recommend some meaningful relapse prevention strategies and exercises, ways for clients to protect their recovery long after they leave our facility. Learning healthy ways to combat stress and negativity can strengthen you as you maintain your recovery.
Drug Relapse Prevention
For those in recovery from drug-related problems, therapists and counselors can recommend substance-specific strategies and resources for maintaining long-term sobriety. Identifying relapse triggers and addressing them constructively—or simply avoiding them—is key.
For those whose concern is alcohol relapse, our relapse prevention plans will provide some solutions with mitigating daily struggles, stressors and temptations—ensuring a smooth return to everyday life.
Relapse in Recovery
Our clients are passionate about avoiding relapse—and we are passionate about helping and supporting them. While dealing with daily stressors and struggles, clients can have a hard time making long-term recovery a priority—but Above It All Treatment Center provides the resources, strategies and encouragement necessary to promote long-term sober living. We’re here for you. Contact us today to learn more about our relapse prevention programming.