Relapse Prevention

All recovering addicts know that recovery is a lifelong process. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that up to 60% of drug addicts will experience a relapse at some point. However, that does not mean you are incapable of or unworthy of recovery. With a relapse prevention plan in place, you can reduce the chances of relapsing by learning to recognize your triggers and more.

At our two Spark To Recovery locations in Los Angeles, our professional team of physicians and psychotherapists will work with each individual client to come up with a relapse prevention plan that works.

What is Relapse Prevention?

After successfully completing a detoxification and residential treatment program that is medically supervised, numerous patients encounter difficulties in acclimatizing to life without the constant guidance of medical professionals. They may feel tempted to slip into their old habits as they return to the lives they left behind. However, it is possible to pre-empt such a scenario with a relapse prevention plan. By understanding the stages of relapse, recognizing your triggers, learning how to manage your urges and more, it is possible to keep relapses at bay.

What Addictions can Relapse Prevention Treat?

The Importance of Relapse Prevention

Having a relapse prevention plan is one of the most important prerequisites for transitioning to a lower level of care. The truth is that external events and other people’s actions may not always be within our control. However, when uncontrollable circumstances start to provoke negative reactions in you, a relapse prevention plan outlines the healthy coping mechanisms you have learned as well as the people you can rely on for support.

Below are some critical elements of a relapse prevention plan:

  • Contact details of friends and family members who are in your support system
  • Healthy coping mechanisms for triggers and urges
  • Locations and meeting times of local support groups
  • List of places that should be avoided, such as bars and clubs
  • Activities you plan to engage in to encourage a healthy lifestyle and take your mind off using

When Should You Seek Relapse Prevention Services?

Are you worried that you will slip back into your old habits after completing residential treatment? Or have you already completed treatment and have been tempted to use numerous times? If so, working with a physician and therapist to formulate a relapse prevention plan will be in your best interests. A successful plan will consider your individual circumstances such as your triggers, what drives you to use, any co-occurring mental health conditions and more.

Begin Treatment with Spark To Recovery’s Relapse Prevention Services

At Spark To Recovery, our help and support does not stop once a patient has completed treatment. We are committed to giving each client the best chance at sobriety with aftercare services, including relapse prevention services. To this end, our team of physicians and therapists are always on hand to provide the support you need in a safe and supportive environment.

For more information about life skills therapy services, feel free to contact Spark To Recovery today. You can call (888) 915-1103 to schedule a consultation with us. Find that fire within by igniting your Spark to Recovery.

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