Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease, which means that there’s no cure, but it can be sent into remission through detox and drug treatment therapy. However, using drugs again after treatment can cause a relapse, or return, of the addiction, which will require another round of detoxification and treatment therapies. That’s why relapse prevention is an essential part of drug treatment.
Relapse prevention includes a wide range of programs and therapies that provide those in recovery with skills, techniques, and strategies to help prevent them from using again. An important component of relapse prevention is a personalized and detailed written plan that those in recovery can follow when they feel a lapse may be imminent.
Relapse prevention programs are part of the treatment phase of drug rehab as well as a component of the aftercare plan that’s set in place after the successful completion of drug treatment. Call Drug Treatment Centers Fort Pierce at (772) 882-3621 to find out more about our drug addiction programs.
While relapse is the term commonly used to indicate an instance of drug use after therapy, this is actually known as a lapse. A single lapse doesn’t necessarily result in a relapse of the addiction, although it can if intervention isn’t immediate.
The statistics for relapse are rather dismal. According to Mayo Medical School, about 80 percent of those in recovery for alcohol addiction will relapse in the first year, but during the second through fifth years of recovery, that number dips down to 40 percent. After the fifth year, the chances of relapse are even lower.
Meth addiction has one of the highest rates of relapse. Of those who complete meth addiction treatment, 88 percent will relapse in the first year, and 95 percent of those who try to beat a meth addiction on their own will relapse in the first year.
For some, more than one round of drug rehab treatment is necessary for long-term recovery, and that’s okay. Many people avoid seeking treatment for fear of relapsing during recovery, but getting help now can help ensure the success of eventual long-term recovery.
Emotional relapse occurs when your attitudes, emotions, and behaviors are setting you up for an eventual relapse. Although you’re not consciously thinking about relapse, the signs will make it clear that additional help is needed. These signs include:
During mental relapse, you begin thinking consciously about using again. Part of you wants to use, but another part knows it’s a bad idea. By the end of this stage, you’re planning your relapse around other people’s schedules. Signs of mental relapse include:
Physical relapse is the stage where you head to the liquor store or meet with a drug dealer. Once you’re at this stage, it’s extremely difficult to stop the lapse.
Starting in treatment and continuing through the aftercare program, patients learn to recognize the stages and signs of relapse and develop skills, strategies, and specific techniques for successfully abstaining from drug use after treatment. These are learned through various therapies like group counseling, family therapy, and individual cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Some of the techniques most commonly employed to help prevent relapse include:
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