Addiction relapse is the return of an addiction that had been sent into remission through drug treatment. Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease characterized by changes in the brain’s structures and functions. Just one lapse, or incident of using after the physical addiction has been broken, can lead to a relapse of the addiction and requires swift intervention. Take the necessary steps for a lasting recovery when you call Drug Treatment Centers New Smyrna at 386-206-3250.
Relapse prevention is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on teaching coping skills to help patients avoid relapse. Relapse prevention programs are an integral part of drug addiction treatment and a critical component of the aftercare program once treatment has been successfully completed.
Relapse prevention programs typically include both traditional and alternative therapy sessions, classes, presentations, and organized activities that help patients learn to enjoy life without drugs and form healthy relationships with other non-users. Due to the high rates of relapse, relapse prevention is key to successful long-term recovery.
The return of an addiction is a process that occurs in three stages.
Emotional relapse is the first stage, during which behaviors and actions are setting you up for an eventual lapse. Signs include:
Mental relapse is the second stage, and it’s where you begin to actively think about using again. By the end of this stage, you’re planning a lapse around loved ones’ schedules. Signs of include:
Physical Relapse is the final stage, and it’s where the action happens. You drive to the liquor store or meet with your dealer, and stopping the process at this point is extremely difficult.
Relapse prevention programs provide patients with a toolbox of skills, strategies, and techniques to reduce stress, recognize and avoid triggers, and manage cravings. Patients learn to:
Some of the techniques patients use to effectively continue their recovery include:
Once a lapse has occurred, timely intervention is essential for preventing a relapse of the addiction. Whether or not a relapse has occurred, patients may spend a short time in a rehab facility in order to address the issues behind the lapse.
An increase in the number of therapy sessions and recovery group meetings can help get patients back on track with recovery, and re-evaluating destructive or unhealthy relationships may be necessary. Other changes to the aftercare plan will be made, depending on the issues the patient is facing.
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