For many who have completed treatment and are working through their recovery, relapse is something that remains heavy on their minds. Unlike treatment for medical illnesses such as heart disease or the flu, addiction treatment is not a cure but a means to learn how to manage triggers and reduce relapse potential. It is essential to remember that addiction is an illness that changes how the brain responds to substances. Due to the very nature of addiction, relapse is quite common when you are in early recovery.
What Is A Drug and Alcohol Relapse?
Relapse is the word used to describe when someone who has been in recovery begins using again. Relapse can occur after just one drink. Where drug and alcohol addiction are concerned, relapse is quite common. It is estimated that between forty and sixty percent of people who have completed an addiction treatment program will experience at least one relapse and return to an addiction treatment facility. However, the longer you commit to and actively participate in ongoing addiction treatment and sobriety, the less likely you are to relapse.
What Is Relapse Prevention?
Relapse prevention and education around relapse prevention are essential to addiction treatment and long-term, lasting recovery. A relapse prevention plan is developed during your time at an addiction treatment center and put into place when you return home and throughout the aftercare process. A relapse prevention plan is a series of techniques and tools you will learn throughout addiction treatment that you can draw upon when faced with a triggering event that will help you avoid reverting to addictive habits. There are many things to consider when creating a relapse program, as relapse triggers and opportunities differ from person to person. It is essential to understand how relapse works to understand better the techniques you can use to prevent it. A relapse prevention plan is not set in stone. Instead, it is a list of possible measures or practices that you can use in specific situations.
Bayshore Retreats Drug and Alcohol Relapse Prevention Strategies
Before seeking addiction treatment, the coping mechanism you typically resorted to during times of stress was drugs or alcohol. After treatment throughout your recovery, this coping mechanism is no longer an option. For this reason, aftercare and relapse prevention planning are essential to help you stay on the course of sobriety. While in an inpatient care setting, you are free from triggers or other circumstances that may cause you to reach for substances. Once you return home, you are not protected from these elements. A relapse prevention plan helps keep you accountable to both yourself and your sobriety.
At Bayshore Retreat, we will help you learn essential relapse prevention techniques and skills that you can take with you after treatment. These techniques will look different for everyone but may include things such as exercise, self-care, yoga, meditation, even journaling. Other elements of an aftercare plan that are essential to relapse prevention include ongoing outpatient treatment, support groups, and even time spent at a sober living home if you feel that is right for you. Recovery from addiction does not happen overnight, and treatment is not the end of your journey. Maintaining sobriety requires commitment and ongoing work but can be accomplished through aftercare planning.
Reach Out to Us Today at Bayshore Retreat!
At Bayshore Retreat, we understand the challenges you may face when deciding to seek addiction treatment. We also know those challenges often remain after addiction treatment ends. When no longer surrounded by a substance-free environment, triggers that remind you of your old life will inevitably arise. Our relapse prevention and aftercare planning programs at Bayshore Retreat are designed to help ensure you have healthy coping skills in place that will help you face your triggers with healthy, safe coping practices. If you are ready to start your journey to sobriety, contact Bayshore Retreat today. If you wonder what our beautiful Florida facility might look like, come see us for a tour or click here.