Relapse Prevention Programs in Boise, ID (208) 272-9857

Relapse occurs when an addicted person returns to the addictive behavior after a period of abstinence. Relapse prevention is a major part of any drug or alcohol treatment program. Relapse prevention equips the individual with the knowledge and skills that allow them to successfully negotiate life events and relationships in their new role as a recovering addict. Statistics show that 40%-60% of addicts revert back to usage once relapse prevention fails.

To learn more about centers and programs that offer relapse prevention contact Boise Drug Treatment Centers at (208) 272-9857.

Stages of Addiction Relapse

  • Emotional - The initial, unconscious phase. The recovering addict has no thought or concern of using, but social and environmental cues are present that wear on the emotions and psychological state of the addict. These cues are setting the stage. Signs and symptoms at this stage may include anxiety, anger, isolation, mood swings, loss of appetite, and sleep deprivation.
  • Mental - This is the troublesome stage. Emotional triggers have begun to influence mood and behavior, and eventually the addicted mind begins to contemplate using. Emotional urges encourage "wrong thinking." Past drug use is glamorized in the addict's thoughts. Thoughts of one last fix, or a quick fix come to mind. Isolation and concealment are worrisome signs in this stage. These signs suggest the depth of the contemplation of resuming use and should be promptly addressed.
  • Physical - This stage is the physical act of using drugs or alcohol consumption. Once use has resumed, there is a noticeable period of heightened pleasure and sense of well-being. However, the progression of the disease will quickly become apparent, and the addict's behavior may get defensive and aggressive.

Relapse Prevention Programs

The ultimate goal of these programs is successful, long-term recovery and abstinence from the drug of choice. Every opportunity is taken to educate and train the recovering addict to identify high risk situations and triggers that can endanger their path to recovery, understand the stages, and know how to do to avoid the danger of self-sabotaging recovery efforts.

Essential relapse prevention techniques:

  • Take care of health and get the proper rest
  • Exercise
  • Practice good nutrition
  • Attend all counseling sessions and NA/AA meetings
  • Know the signs of the stages
  • Communicate with your family, your sponsor, and your therapist
  • Keep a daily journal
  • Seek support, management resources, and peer groups
  • Avoid old habits, triggers, and environments

Intervention After Relapse

Statistics show that a percentage of recovering addicts will relapse post-drug and alcohol treatment. Intervention after an episode should be promptly addressed through lapse management. Lapse management is a strategic program that focuses on quickly ending the episode, and the immediate effects, in order to avoid an uncontrolled event. Other strategic programs that serve to manage an episode include: Cognitive restructuring, application of self-control strategies, and stimulus control techniques.

Relapse prevention programs educate and train the recovering addict in terms of living with, and responding to, the world around them in order to prevent usage and support life-long recovery. Elements of these programs include:

  • Family therapy and education
  • Addressing addiction triggers and recognizing stages
  • Mental illness as it relates to addiction and how mental disorders can influence drug abuse and can trigger events
  • Skills development and seeking employment
  • Guides sober living, counseling, and life-long commitment to AA or NA meetings

Drug treatment centers address the patient as a whole in terms of the physical, emotional, and psychological elements of addiction and incorporate relapse prevention into their treatment and aftercare programs. Medical detoxification and withdrawal is only the beginning of meaningful recovery. A complete model of change includes the benefits of relapse prevention and comprehensive aftercare that are vital to continuing recovery on a life-long basis and maintain sobriety.

If you, or anyone you know, needs to find a center and treatment program to help with substance abuse issues, please call Boise Drug Treatment Centers at (208) 272-9857.

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