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Relapse Prevention in Bloomington

What Is Relapse?

When someone is in recovery for an addiction and returns to substance abuse, this is known as a relapse. Unfortunately, many recovering addicts return to drug use if they do not possess the proper tools to maintain long-term sobriety. This is why relapse prevention programs are of utmost importance. Relapse prevention programs give addicts the knowledge, confidence, and support required to stay on a path of recovery. During both rehabilitation and relapse prevention, addicts will learn how to recognize triggers that may cause them to return to substance abuse. The knowledge acquired in these programs can prevent relapse, before drug or alcohol use even crosses their minds. To learn more about relapse prevention programs, call Drug Treatment Centers Bloomington at 812-269-3909. Your new future is just a phone call away.

StatisticsAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates for drug addiction are similar to those for chronic diseases. After sobriety, the chances for relapse are between 40 and 60 percent, which is similar to hypertension and asthma. For this reason, relapse prevention should always be taken seriously.

What Are the Stages of Relapse?

Three states are emotional, mental and physical relapse. Relapse prevention programs often focus on giving a person the mental tools needed to beat the disease.

Emotional: The emotional stage is when a person is not necessarily contemplating using drug or alcohol again, but may start to experience emotions that make a person more vulnerable. A person may have a day where their energy levels are low, and feel as if he or she is generally in a bad mood. Signs of this stage include anxiety, anger and uncertainty.

Mental: The mental stage is a time of inner conflict. This is when a person may begin contemplating using drugs or alcohol again. While these thoughts may start as small or occasional, they can start to become more prevalent.

Signs of this stage include thinking about past drug use in a way that makes a person long for those days. A person may start associating with previous friends who he or she used drugs with. The mental phase may also include planning a time when a person could return to substance abuse.

Physical: The physical stage is when a person starts to use drugs or alcohol again. During this phase, its important for the person to remember than returning to substance abuse can be a setback, but it does not mean that a person cannot return to sobriety.

Goal of Prevention Programs

Relapse prevention programs are aimed at helping a person recognize the stages of relapse and to engage in preventing what are known as high-risk situations, which are times when a person may be more likely to return to substance abuse. The goals for treatment include identifying coping behaviors to deal with relapse stages.

Part of these coping behaviors includes knowing when to reach out for help from loved ones who can provide encouragement and support and/or the support of a mentor or therapist.

When a person uses drugs or alcohol, their disease can skew a persons perceptions of right and wrong. People may not acknowledge their behavior is wrong, illegal or harming themselves or others. Acknowledging these behaviors as harmful is an important part of prevention because it can provide a person with motivation to stay sober for life.

  • 12-Step Programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous
  • Therapy sessions
  • Support groups, such as those for men, women or for a particular drug abuse problem.
  • Sponsorship/mentorship, which involves working with a mentor who can provide support to beat addiction.
  • Exercising and meditation, which are healthy practices designed to emphasize an overall feeling of well-being.

Intervention after Relapse

When an addict returns to drug use, it is important they do not give up about achieving sobriety. Seeking care as quickly as possible can keep a person from getting too deep back to his or her addiction. Because drug abuse is a lifetime disease, relapse prevention is a lifetime practice.

Drug Treatment Centers Bloomington offers every patient the tools necessary for long-term sobriety. Call 812-269-3909 for guidance.

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