The Importance of Relapse Prevention

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A relapse prevention program is all about self-control, learning important coping skills, and coming to a better understanding of one’s self, triggers, emotions, tendencies, weaknesses, and temptations. Preventing relapse after a detox and recovery treatment is managed through a professional relapse prevention program designed to alter behaviors and anticipate the triggers associated with a patient’s addiction. If you or someone you love could benefit from a proactive approach to recovery, reach out to Avedis Detox online, or you call us at 833.514.0579 today to learn more about our relapse prevention in Los Angeles.

Why Relapse Prevention is Important

Many patients recovering from an addiction and professionals in the detox, rehab, and recovery industry view relapse as an unavoidable part of the addiction recovery process. Everyone who is unable to stop using drugs has tried and failed to stop using. There is no shame in relapsing, but because the relapse rate is high for those working through their substance abuse after a detox, it is important to gradually resume your life by enrolling in a long-term addiction treatment program.

Identifying the Signs of Relapse

One of the key features of a relapse prevention program, like the Avedis relapse prevention Los Angeles, is teaching clients how to identify and properly react to the signs of relapse. The silver lining of the reality of high relapse rates has been the number of medical studies conducted on individuals who have relapsed in the past. What has been discovered is that the early signs of relapse and the behaviors exhibited are extremely similar, and therefore can be avoided with a professional relapse prevention program. The common situations observed in the days and weeks before a relapse commonly include:

  • Social and peer pressure
  • Internal conflict
  • Forgetting the effect of drugs and alcohol on your life
  • A negative emotional state
  • Not attending AA/NA meetings 

The therapy administered and coping skills taught in relapse prevention will arm individuals with the necessary tools to overcome these high-risk situations and avoid relapse. 

The Stages of a Relapse

Relapse begins long before the reintroduction of addictive substances into the body. Therefore, when someone reaches back out for drugs or alcohol, it is likely because they have already been suffering through the first stages of a relapse, which include:

Emotional Relapse

Whether the emotions reach the surface or are completely internalized, something in this early stage of relapse has or is negatively impacting a person’s life. This could come about from an emotional break-up, the death of a loved one, or losing a job. Stress, anxiety, and cravings are other factors that could begin a person’s slide toward a relapse. With the extreme craving for the addictive substance, it is here that someone may instinctively get defensive and use denial to push away the signs they are entering into a dangerous relapse situation. An inpatient dual diagnosis program can help people struggling with mental health and substance use disorder.

Mental Relapse

The internal struggles experienced during the emotional stage of relapse are now about to manifest themselves. A person may start romanticizing their prior substance use and consider reaching out to the unhealthy company they use to keep during that time of their life. At this point, a person’s behavior will start to change. The stress they are feeling becomes visible to others, and they will start to let control over life slip by missing classes, skipping days of work, and going missing for other group activities and obligations that have given their life structure during recovery

Learn More at Avedis Detox 

If someone you care about is experiencing any of these signs and stages of relapse or worried this is the path you may currently be on, learn how the relapse prevention program at Avedis Detox can help. Do not hesitate to contact us using our secure online form or call us at 833.514.0579 today.

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