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Substance abuse problems and drug/alcohol addictions are major problems in the United States affecting millions of people every year. As such, you are not alone in your struggles with addiction. While admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery, it is only one of the many on the road to sobriety. To maintain sobriety once you detox and get clean and sober, you will need to have learned relapse prevention techniques as a part of your treatment program.

Get to know the important facts about relapse, relapse prevention, and the reasons that relapse prevention is so important in the recovery and treatment process. Once you understand this, you will be able to get yourself into a treatment program that makes relapse prevention a vital part of its offerings.

Call Drug Treatment Centers Centers Lakewood today and learn about what relapse prevention programs we have to offer. (732) 730-5450

What Is Relapse?

Understanding relapse is the first step to understanding why prevention is so important. First, you need to know that relapse is not the single moment or event that most people think it is. Relapse is actually a process that occurs in distinct stages. These stages are progressive, one building upon the other. However, this does not meant that once the relapse process has started that it cannot be reversed. Relapse absolutely can be reversed and stopped as it progresses through the stages. This is precisely what relapse prevention is designed to accomplish.

Relapse Statistics

Very few people realize how serious of a problem relapse is among substance abusers and people suffering from drug addictions. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, anywhere between 40 percent and 60 percent of recovering addicts or substance abusers relapse. Many of those people who relapse do so because they did not receive proper relapse prevention treatment and/or did not take those lessons and techniques to heart.

What is Relapse Prevention?

Relapse prevention is, of course, a set of treatments and coping mechanisms that help to promote an awareness on the part of the recovering addict of their behaviors, thoughts, and actions and how they can contribute to addiction and relapse.

Relapse occurs in three distinct stages. Each stage has different signs or characteristics and each utilizes different coping techniques and treatments in prevention. Those stages are emotional, mental, and physical.

Emotional Relapse

Emotional relapse is the first stage of addiction relapse. What is most important to be aware of in this stage is that there is no conscious effort on the part of the recovering addict to resume previous behaviors or substance abuse. The behaviors or emotions that are present in this stage may indirectly cause a person to fully relapse and resume previous behaviors if not recognized and controlled quickly. Emotional relapse signs can include:

  • Aggression
  • Poor eating habits
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Poor sleeping habits
  • Mood swings

The predominant treatments for emotional relapse are through therapy and counseling. Individual therapy sessions are one way to cope. However, group therapy or support groups can help a person to deal with such issues and to turn their emotions and behaviors around. Stress-relief treatments such as restorative yoga, acupuncture, and chiropractic care can help to prevent relapse progression at this stage as well as forms of stress and anxiety relief. Recovering addicts need to learn to be aware of their emotions and behaviors in order to address them before relapse progresses.

Mental Relapse

The second relapse stage is mental relapse. This is a conscious stage of relapse, unlike the previous emotional stage. However, those emotions and behaviors in the previous stage, if not addresses and fixed quickly, will cause the symptoms (signs) of mental relapse. These include:

  • Secretive and evasive behaviors
  • Obsession with drug use or abuse
  • Glorification of past drug-related experiences
  • Planning their physical relapse
  • Constant reminiscing about the past
  • Getting in contact with drug-related associates and friends

Mental relapse needs to be addressed more aggressively than emotional relapse and should include meetings with a counselor or sponsor, and regular (possibly even daily) support group meetings until these thoughts, behaviors, and preoccupations are under control. Additional treatments can include a brief stay in a drug rehab facility, as well as the aforementioned techniques of yoga, acupuncture, and possibly even massage therapy to help clear and relax the mind.

Physical Relapse

Physical relapse is the third stage or relapse and is the most recognizable stage. This type of relapse involves attaining and used the drug once again. Even a one-time physical relapse will require the recovering addict to start over in the recovery process, and should mean that they begin at medical detox and work their way through the program once again to get back on track and move forward. Individual therapy should become a regular part of their treatment process until the recovering addict can be confident that their emotions and thoughts are back under control so as to not reach this stage again.

Now that you know more about relapse and relapse prevention, you can see why it is so important to make relapse prevention a part of your addiction recovery program. So, be sure that you contact a substance abuse counselor or treatment center as soon as possible to get the help you need. Call Drug Treatment Centers Lakewood now and begin planning for your successful recovery. (732) 730-5450

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