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Understanding Relapse Prevention

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There are millions of people in the United States who spend their nights and days in an active addiction. It’s unfortunate, but only 11 percent of this drug- and alcohol-addicted population are connected with affordable and effective treatment options. Of those who do get help, a large number of them return to active addiction, however, successful recovery rates with no relapses are also high among this same population.

To Get Treatment Or Not To Get Treatment?

So, the question you’re probably asking yourself is whether or not treatment is essential to the recovery process. Truth is, it differs from one person to the next. A six-month residential program may work well for you while your best friend may find outpatient counseling provides the support she has been looking for to follow a clean and sober trail in life. Regardless of your decision to complete an actual treatment program, it is paramount to prepare yourself for the inevitable — thoughts of relapse.

Understanding Relapse

It cannot be stressed enough that relapses come in two forms — mental and physical. A mental relapse takes place when you fail to care about your recovery. Mental relapses often take place on a subconscious level and aren’t recognized except in hindsight.

A physical relapse is when you take action on the mental relapses you have had. A physical relapse can also take place on the spur of the moment with no prior mental relapse. Take for example you have seven years clean and you’re on a business trip to Denver with a new supervisor. While settling in at the hotel room, your supervisor stops by your room and offers a line of cocaine. Although you have not mentally relapsed, your impulse behavior kicks in and before you know it you’re at the ATM to get more and more of this drug even though you never intended for the relapse to happen.

Those with the best of intentions have been fooled by drugs and their trickery, making it all the more important that relapse tips be followed. Just remember, no matter how much clean time you have, relapses can happen to anyone.

6 Unique Relapse Prevention Tips You Need To Know About

1) Go The Spa

Yes, going to the spa is an excellent way to help prevent relapse. Acupuncture especially can help relieve stress in the body, which often causes muscle aches and can manifest itself in the form of a relapse. It’s also with acupuncture that stress details can be pinpointed, many of which are related to addictive behavior tendencies. Acupuncture is performed on the basis that the entire human body is a network of energy flowing in various pathways. By keeping the flow and networks in sync, the mind and body are less prone to relapse.

2) Get Creative

When was the last time you treated your addiction issues with coloring therapy, meditative drawing, or music? All of these relapse prevention activities are well suited for those with substance abuse disorder because they allow creativity to flow, which is often a key characteristic of those with addiction.

3) It’s Time To Take Your Meds

Being an addict and going through a treatment program means you’ve heard more than a few times “It’s time to take your meds.” And while taking medicines while in recovery may seem awkward to some people, for those who have additional mental health disorders should view their meds as a necessity. If any co-occurring illnesses are present, they must be treated not before the addiction issues, but at the same time.

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4) Break Out The Pencil And Paper

Journaling has been always been deemed as an effective form of self-reflection. And as you likely already know, reflecting on yourself is the first step in identifying possible relapse situations. Self-reflection also enables you to develop relapse prevention strategies that extend beyond the pencil and paper. If you can, try journaling for at least five minutes a day. After each month, go back over your entries and read through them.

5) Expand Your Knowledge About Drugs, Addiction, And Recovery

Lastly, one of the primary relapse prevention tips you can follow is to learn all you can about drugs, their interactions with the mind and body, how and why they are addictive, and most importantly, how the recovery process works. Please note that the process is never one in the same for the two people. It’s a process that is individualized according to the person. And while they are individualized, they can also be customized to ensure you are receiving the best defense in the fight against addiction.

Are You Or A Loved One Struggling?

If you or a loved one is struggling to stay clean, Elevations Health is here to provide you with the relapse prevention tools you need. Our world class facility offers many group and individual therapy programs, all of which are built around relapse prevention tactics. We design specific treatment plans to address your addiction history and your goals for recovery. Call us today at 866-200-3224.

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