Addiction therapy aims to help a person stop using for good and manage the damage addiction creates. That’s why a relapse prevention plan is such a vital component of the process. The key to remember is that treatment is more than just not using the drug. It’s also about having the tools and strategies necessary to help you avoid using again. Relapse prevention can be highly effective if you develop a strong plan and follow it. Please contact Serenity House Detox & Recovery Florida today at 866.294.5306 to learn about our services and how to prevent relapse.
What Is a Relapse Prevention Plan?
A relapse prevention plan can help a person avoid using again and have steps to take if they start using or think they will begin using substances again in the short term. In addition, it gives you specific strategies to take to get help before you start using drugs or alcohol again.
The plan allows you to recognize any behaviors or negative thought patterns that could put you at risk for relapse in the future. It then provides steps to combat these behaviors, so you can get back to focusing on your healing.
Relapse does not happen in a moment. It often occurs over a series of stages, starting with an emotional relapse. From there, mental and physical relapse happens. With relapse prevention, it’s possible to recognize what’s happening early on to not end up in physical relapse.
What Goes Into Relapse Prevention?
You’ll work closely with your therapist to create a relapse prevention plan. There are a few key steps to start the process:
- Recognize your history with drugs and alcohol, such as where you used, who you used with, what patterns did your addiction follow, and why.
- Think about previous relapse experiences and why they happened?
- Determine any signs that could indicate you are pushing towards relapse, such as the way you feel, think, or behave.
- Create an action plan that outlines the specific steps you need to take should you experience those signs.
- Write down detailed strategies for managing the entire process, such as who to call, when to call, and what type of help to obtain.
To learn more about what your relapse prevention plan may include, please reach out to our team today at 866.294.5306.
Maintaining Sobriety Means Actively Working Towards It
For relapse prevention to work, it’s critical to know where risks are. For example, most people will develop a list of triggers. These are things that put you at a higher risk of using again. Triggers may include:
- What reminds you of drug use?
- What types of places did you use drugs?
- Do specific times of the year cause you to think of drug use
- What feelings are linked to relapse for you?
- What thoughts do you have that could trigger a relapse?
Recognizing these triggers enables you to make better decisions. It’s also essential to learn how to manage cravings.
You’ll learn how to use tools like ongoing support groups, ongoing therapy, exercising, journaling, and other strategies to help you avoid those feelings.
Call Serenity House Detox & Recovery Florida Today
The relapse prevention plan you have in place should work to meet your needs for avoiding relapse. However, having professional help through it is also vital to long-term recovery. Therapy services such as the following can help you to stay on the right track:
- Individual therapy program
- Group therapy program
- Family therapy program
- Meditation therapy program
- Addiction counseling services
- Behavioral therapy program
Relapse prevention is always a big part of drug and alcohol treatment. That’s everything you are working towards during treatment – to avoid ever using again. With our team’s dedication and support, you’ll gain access to a wide range of therapy options in a positive, motivating setting. Learn more when you call Serenity House Detox & Recovery Florida at 866.294.5306 or reach out to us now online.