Rehab is not an easy process, nor is it a quick process or even a process with a linear thread. If addiction were easy to overcome we wouldn’t need as much support and infrastructure in the rehab process as we have now. The fact of the matter is, just getting into rehab is hard, staying the course during treatment is hard, and the hardest part is going back into the world and relying on yourself to get you through. Setbacks are not just common, they’re often expected. You’re human and relapse is human too. That’s why there are groups specifically for relapse cases.
This is why continuing care is so important for the rehabilitation process. It doesn’t end when you walk out of a facility or stop going to intensive treatment. Staying sober is an activity you have to spend a good portion of your life fighting to achieve. That’s where relapse prevention comes in.
What is continuing care?
We offer a therapeutic alumni program aimed at assisting those who have successfully completed the third phase of their treatment. This group meets for 90 minutes once a week to provide a space for discussions around the long term recovery process and how individual members are faring in their journey. It’s an excellent way to stay connected to your fellow recovering addicts and help maintain gna encourage sobriety in your community.
What do relapse behaviors look like?
The most important thing to remember is that no addiction develops in a vacuum. Emotional and mental states brought about the situation and those need to be faced and tackled in order for sobriety to flourish. Often relapse is the result of old feelings or habits coming back to the surface when you’re thrust back into the environment that brought on addiction in the first place. Relapse starts with your emotions and your mind long before it happens in your actions. That’s important to remember. Emotional relapse can look like depression or anxiety while mental relapses involve similar thought patterns as you had before. All of this precedes physical relapse in which you begin using again.
Triggers for a relapse included:
- Lack of routine
- Lack of support
- Missed recovery meetings
- Toxic family or home environment
Relapse prevention is just one tool to combat relapse in your life, ultimately, it will come down to you and your choices. Understand that relapse is not random, engagement in groups can help you, having a support network is important, and emotional sobriety is just as important as physical sobriety.
Get in contact with us today to discuss your treatment options if it’s time you sought help for your addiction. We’re your ally and friend in this journey and we aim to offer the best possible environment to help you achieve long lasting sobriety. Don’t wait until it’s too late