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Every individual experiences the process of relapse in varying ways, though relapse can always be prevented. Relapse is not a part of recovery, but in many cases, it is a reality. In most instances, relapse begins as an emotional and mental experience before is shifts to a literal physical relapse – picking up and using drugs or alcohol after an extended period of sobriety. If the signs of relapse are caught early on, it is easy to identify and reverse them with some professional intervention and self-determination.
How You Can Prevent Relapse
At The Hope Center for Rehabilitation, we firmly believe that with the proper preventative tools, resorting back to old ways can always be avoided. We dedicate a significant portion of our inpatient, outpatient, and aftercare programs to instilling such tools – tools that can be referred to if signs of reversion begin presenting themselves.
The early stages of relapse can be prevented with simple acknowledgements and changes in behavior. We teach our clients to recognize when they are isolating and to practice reaching out for help. The support system that is automatically created when one is in an inpatient program, an outpatient program, or aftercare is invaluable. Additionally, we teach clients to recognize when they are anxious and to practice relaxation techniques. All of these coping mechanisms prove essential when one is entering into the beginning stages of relapse.
Preventing Mental Relapse
Mental relapse is the next stage chronologically after the initial phases of emotional relapse. During mental relapse, the addict or alcoholic has a war going on in his or her mind. A large part of the mind wants to throw caution to the wind and use, but the rational mind carefully weighs the consequences. In this stage of relapse, it is crucial that the individual in conflict reaches out for help and support, and utilizes techniques that will be taught during the relapse prevention portion of inpatient, outpatient, and aftercare. All in all, relapse prevention is one of the most crucial components of any prolonged treatment program. We at The Hope Center for Rehabilitation are aware of this, and we implement techniques and coping mechanisms as often as possible and necessary.
The Hope Center for Rehabilitation offers a full range of services both leading up to, during and following treatment, including professional interventions, a luxury, medically assisted detox program, inpatient rehabilitation (30-90 days), intensive out-patient rehabilitation and out-patient services. Each of our clients become a part of our alumni program at the completion of their treatment to help foster a continued community of recovery.