Drug and Alcohol Relapse Prevention

Your Path to Sobriety Starts with Relapse Prevention

Relapse Prevention You Can Trust

Once you have completed a treatment program, relapse prevention is crucial. While this may seem like a simple process, effective relapse prevention takes planning and practice. Our counselors can help you find the right guidance to create a relapse prevention plan that you can stick to and use daily to successfully fight those urges. Call the Habitats of Hope, LLC professionals at 855-277-3785 to find out more about creating effective relapse prevention in Pennsylvania.

What is a Relapse Prevention Plan?

As you complete your treatment, you will learn methods for fighting cravings and how to keep yourself out of situations that could lead to use. A relapse prevention plan is an individualized plan that allows you to create steps for recognizing emotional, mental, and physical signs of relapse to help catch and eliminate the cravings. Relapse typically happens as a three-step process. Usually, the individual will experience emotional distress first, which will lead to a mental relapse where they begin to have thoughts or fantasies of using again. The last step in relapse is the physical use of the drug or alcohol. Relapse prevention plans help you recognize the first two steps to prevent the third, instead of simply trying to fight the physical urge to use which is all but impossible. For more information on creating a relapse prevention plan, or to get help with yours, call our experts at 855-277-3785.

How to Recognize Relapse in Loved Ones

Signs of relapse can vary from person to person and should be watched for and discussed. Many signs of relapse mirror symptoms of recovery, so open lines of communication are imperative to minimize accusations and blame. While the physical signs of actual relapse are typically easy to spot, the goal of relapse prevention is to catch the relapse in the earliest stages possible. Events or feelings known as triggers are the main focus, especially early in the recovery process, and can be recognized by the stress, anxiety, or anger effects that they have on the recovering individual. Your plan will help you recognize these emotions that can lead to relapse so you can eliminate the temptation at the root.

Other signs of possible relapse could include symptoms at the emotional level such as reminiscing of old times when using, or thinking and talking about the people the individual used with. Relapse plans help the recovering person deal with these feelings positively to prevent relapse.
No longer attending meetings or asking for help is also a sign of possible relapse. When a recovering person begins to have feelings of relapse, they will shy away from others who may recognize them. Oftentimes, these types of signs reflect an actual physical relapse that should be addressed immediately. The Habitats of Hope, LLC specialists can deliver information and counseling for relapse prevention strategies when you call 855-277-3785.

We Can Help Pave the Way

Recovery is a long and bumpy road for many involved. Once you have completed your treatment, stay clean and sober with a relapse prevention plan to help catch and curb cravings before they start. Call our professionals today at 855-277-3785 to find out how we can help you stay on the road to recovery for relapse prevention in Pennsylvania.