Addiction is a powerful disease. It doesn’t develop overnight and it doesn’t go away overnight. While treatment is a crucial part of recovery, it is really only the beginning. Relapse prevention education gives you the necessary tools to keep cravings at bay and continue thriving in your recovery, long after your time at treatment ends.
Guardian Intensive Outpatient Program strives to provide the best treatment solutions and support for our clients. From first consultation to intake, graduation and beyond, our goal is your long-term success. Take the first step toward recovery today by calling (855) 517-1871 or filling out a contact form.
Relapse: Why It Happens and How to Prevent It
A quick look drug addiction statistics can be disheartening. The relapse rate among addicts after treatment is high. Relapse happens when an addict goes back to drinking or using drugs after a period of sobriety. A scary aspect of addiction is that it is progressive, meaning that a return to using can result in more serious abuse and consequences than the last time.
Why is relapse so common? It is important to understand that, while relapse is not a necessary part of recovery, it is normal — it should not be seen as a failure. Just like any other disease, there can be recurrences. One of the many problems that many addicts face is guilt and shame. These feelings can keep someone from reaching out and getting help after a relapse.
There are a variety of reasons relapse can happen. Often, people leave treatment with the best of intentions, but, when confronted with old friends or family members who use, they fall back into old patterns of behavior. Uncomfortable feelings of fear, anger, anxiety or depression can also result in relapse if the person has not developed tools to cope with these problems in a healthy way. Remember, for many addicts, drugs and alcohol are a form of self-medication. If the habit of using is not replaced with other habits, using will continue to feel like the solution to life’s challenges.
Part of recovery is learning how to cope with difficult situations, emotions, and conflict without using. Treatment can help by uncovering the issues contributing to addiction, and teaching tools and strategies that can be used in these situations.
While relapse may seem like a sudden occurrence that arises without warming, this is rarely the case. There are usually signs that a person is in “relapse mode.” The recovering addict may begin to isolate, and the activities that helped keep him or her sober; attitudes and behaviors may begin to change. If a trigger occurs while the addict is in this vulnerable state, relapse may occur. A trigger can be something as simple as a fight with a friend or family member, or it could be running into an old using buddy. In any case, without tools, support and a strategy for these situations, the person is at risk.
Awareness is a good way to guard against relapse. Knowing the triggers, behaviors and attitudes that could signal a problem go a long way toward preventing relapse. Another safeguard is support; having people around to help when the going gets tough can be a lifesaver.
Relapse Prevention with Guardian Intensive Outpatient Program
At Guardian IOP, we strongly believe that relapse prevention education is part of a good foundation. Building a solid recovery foundation is the best way to ensure successful, long-term sobriety and a happy, healthy life. Our treatment programs assist recovering addicts in learning to identify triggers and developing strategies to deal with them.
If you are struggling with addiction, or you have recently experienced a relapse, Guardian Intensive Outpatient Program can help you get back on track. Our program offers both day and evening programs to fit your schedule, and provides individual and group counseling, 12 step immersion, family restructuring support, holistic therapies and relapse prevention education.
Call today at (855) 517-1871 to find out more.