Achieving sobriety is an exciting goal. Keep in mind, however, that getting sober isn’t the end of the road. Up to 60% of those who complete drug addiction treatment will eventually experience a relapse. That’s precisely why Ashley Addiction Treatment focuses on teaching patients effective relapse prevention techniques.
Relapses Are More Common Than You Might Think
Unfortunately, not all substance abuse programs are equally effective. Some quick programs can help patients achieve short-term sobriety. After a while, however, those patients may not be equipped for the reality of cravings, temptations and stress. Sadly, relapses are very common in addiction recovery.
Relapses occur in 40–60% of all drug addiction cases. While that might seem like a lot, it’s actually on par with recovery rates for other diseases like diabetes or asthma.
Relapses are less common when patients complete a comprehensive, holistic recovery program. Completing detox simply isn’t enough, and many rehab treatment facilities don’t properly address relapse prevention. Knowing that relapses can happen to anyone, it’s more important than ever to address their prevention head on.
Relapse Prevention Makes Transitioning to an Independent Lifestyle Easier
One of the reasons that relapses occur so frequently is because it can be stressful going from a 24/7 environment to a completely independent lifestyle. Many patients are in a treatment facilities around the clock, and then suddenly they’re allowed to head home. This newfound responsibility can be overwhelming, and it pushes many people toward their temptations.
The best approaches focus on the future. Even while patients are in treatment, they can start planning for the weeks and months ahead. That might include building up a strong support system. Recruiting friends, peers, family members and therapists into this support network can be crucial to maintaining sobriety.
Patients need to learn that relapses pose a serious risk. Ignoring their existence won’t do anyone any good. Instead, patients should be encouraged to plan for temptations and identify the triggers that will be most difficult to overcome.
Underlying Issues Don’t Disappear Overnight
It’s impossible to talk about relapse prevention without also discussing underlying issues. Addiction doesn’t develop out of thin air. Many factors and experiences contribute to the development of a drug or alcohol addiction. Addressing these issues is the only way to ensure that addiction doesn’t strike again.
At Ashley Addiction Treatment, we focus on those underlying issues. Things like individual counseling, dual diagnosis care and trauma therapy all place an emphasis on why addiction developed in the first place.
Mental health issues, as one example, can often cause an addiction. Patients who have mental health concerns like depression or PTSD need help that caters to those specific needs. Once the bigger issue is addressed, patients will have a better chance of maintaining their newfound sobriety.
Teaching Effective Coping Mechanisms
One of the best ways to guard against relapse is to learn coping mechanisms. These are different for every patient. Essentially, they’re a self-taught technique that helps overcome triggers, cravings and temptations.
HALT is a basic but effective coping technique. This acronym stands for hungry, angry, lonely and tired. Patients can learn how to recognize each of these emotions and how to safely address them in a healthy way. Although simple, these tips can be the difference between sobriety and relapse.
About Our Relapse Program
At Ashley Addiction Treatment, we realize there are certain individuals who are attempting recovery for the first time. However, we understand that there are also individuals who have tried treatment previously and experienced a setback. For those people, our Relapse Program can turn a minor setback into a permanent solution.
Regardless of whether patients enter our Relapse Program, Primary Program or Young Adult Program, they’ll have access to a range of amenities and facilities that encourage healthy behaviors. Establishing healthy habits now can mean they carry over to independent living in the months and years to come.
Routine is critical to recovery. With a set schedule, individuals have fewer choices. Fewer choices, in turn, means fewer opportunities to choose relapse.
At Ashley Addiction Treatment, patients can benefit from all of the following, each of which can help establish healthy habits and routines:
- Yoga facilities
- Fitness center with gym equipment
- Dietary and nutritional support
- Acupuncture and massage therapies
- Regular group meetings and social activities
To learn more about our innovative approach to wellness, call Ashley Addiction Treatment at 866-313-6307.