Relapse prevention is an attempt to combat and avoid a return to alcohol or drug use. It involves a proactive attempt to educate recovering addicts about what types of triggers and temptations they will encounter and how to deal and cope with them. At Drug Treatment Centers Fayetteville, our relapse prevention program gives patients the tools and training they will need to live healthy, sober lives once they complete the rehabilitation process.
Because addiction relapse is a process, it occurs in stages. Each stage requires different treatment and prevention techniques to help recovering addicts handle and cope with triggers, temptations, and cravings. The three stages of recidivism are emotional, mental, and physical. If you or a loved is experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of a setback, call Drug Treatment Centers Fayetteville at (910) 401-2534, and get the help you need right away.
Emotional relapse is not a conscious desire on your part to use a substance again. Rather it is a series of behaviors and emotions that could lead you back to drugs or alcohol. Because this emotional stage does not include a conscious will to resume addictive behaviors, it can be so subtle that you do not realize it is happening until after the fact. The signs of an emotional lapse can include depression, anger, aggression, mood swings, and bad sleeping and eating habits. These symptoms often occur immediately after your initial detox and withdrawal experience.
To prevent emotional relapse from progressing to other stages, you need to be able to recognize that your behaviors and emotions are detrimental to your health, and take steps to improve the situation. This includes asking counselors or support groups for help managing your situation.
Mental relapse is the next stage in the process. This is the time in which you begin to think about resuming your addictive behaviors and/or using the substance again. It may begin with feelings of reminiscence in which you glorify or glamorize past experiences with drug abuse and use. You may begin to spend time with old friends from that time period, think about your past more often, and fantasize about or plan your relapse. People often begin isolate themselves and a lie or become secretive about their behaviors or whereabouts during this stage.
The most important way to treat and deal with a mental lapse is to seek help. This can be in the form of friends and family, support groups, your sponsor, or substance abuse counselors. You need to tell someone you are thinking about using so you do not feel alone. Think about what would happen if you did begin using again. What effect would it have on you, your health, your family, and your work life? Learning to take your recovery one day at a time, going to counseling, and learning to distract yourself from those urges can help you to deal with these negative thoughts.
The final stage is physical; this means the individual has physically consumed the drug. Although not everyone who has a setback becomes addicted again, there is a higher risk for dependence. Immediate professional attention is required at this point. This may come in the form of a drug rehab program, which can help them get back on track and re-educate them about the prevention techniques.
When someone in recovery uses, swift intervention is essential for preventing a full relapse of the addiction and getting back on the path to successful long-term recovery. Interventions may include returning to treatment for a short time, increasing attendance at meetings, engaging in additional therapy sessions, and re-evaluating relationships that may be interfering with successful recovery.
Now that you know more about relapse and prevention, you understand the importance of early intervention and education. So, if you or someone you love is recovering from addiction, and having trouble staying sober, the professionals at Drug Treatment Centers Fayetteville can help. Call us now at (910) 401-2534.