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Relapse Prevention in Rahway NJ (732) 455-1391

Relapse prevention plans offer people in recovery the coping skills needed to prevent a return to substance abuse following treatment. Relapse prevention incorporates many elements such as learned behaviors, avoidance of trigger situations, continued therapy and participation in self-help groups.

Relapse prevention programs are offered through rehab providers like Drug Treatment Centers Rahway. To learn more about how relapse prevention can help you or a loved one, call (732) 455-1391.

What is Relapse?

When a person who has been drug free for a long period of time or a short period of time begins using drugs again, they have experienced reversion to drug use. If treatment is sought in time, a physical dependency may not develop.

A prevention plan works by helping addicts identify the thoughts and actions that signal a return to drug use, along with giving the addict essential skills needed for sober living. Additionally, prevention plans provide recovering addicts with support and specific techniques to use when they crave drugs.

Some types of drugs, such as meth, have a relapse rate that as high as 93 percent, according to studies. The overall rate of reversion to drug use falls between 40 to 60 percent, depending on location and type of drug, explains the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Some groups of people return to drug use more often than others including people with mental health issues.

Stages of Reversion to Drug Use

Relapse does not occur in one stage. There are warning signs that indicate a person is on the path to returning to drug use. Normally, this occurs in three stages. It is vital for the addict and the addict’s family members to be aware of the warning signs associated with returning to drug use.

  • Emotional – During this stage an individual has not done drugs and they are not actively thinking about it, but they are experiencing unhealthy emotions. Signs include being defensive, feeling angry, anxious or isolated.
  • Mental – This stage begins when an addict begins actively considering drug use. Part of them wants to use but part of them wants to stay clean. Signs include planning to use, thinking about using and hanging out with friends who use.
  • Physical – During this stage a person is actively looking for drugs or doing drugs. Signs include drinking or doing drugs, going to a liquor store or bar, or driving to a dealer. People in this stage may show physical changes, be secretive or lie.

Purpose of Relapse Prevention

The primary purpose of this type of program is to provide addicts with real-life coping skills and specific plans of action, should high-risk, cravings or trigger situation occur. Education and information on how to handle these types of situations provide an effective way of preventing reversion to drug use.

Addicts also require direction as to what action should be taken, should negative behaviors or thoughts that lead to addiction occur. Studies show that the six months following treatment are one of the most dangerous times for addicts in regard to resuming substance abuse.

The main relapse prevention techniques include behavioral therapy, individual or group counseling, 12-step or non-faith based 12-step programs. Other techniques include:

  • Relaxation techniques – Deep breathing, music, yoga, exercise, etc.
  • Self-care – Eating and sleeping properly, avoiding stress, taking care of mind, body and spiritual needs, etc.
  • Distraction – Do anything to change the direction of thoughts: a 12-step meeting or sponsor, exercise, reading and writing, etc.

Finding Prevention Programs

Drug treatment with a prevention program provides the best possible means for individuals to avoid returning to drug use after treatment ends. This prepares the patient to expect and watch for warning signs that signal drug use or the desire to use drugs. Addicts are also given information on how to get help before they actively use drugs again, as well as being in constant contact with counselors and other successful addicts.

If you or a loved one have resumed drug use after recovery, call Drug Treatment Centers Rahway today at (732) 455-1391.

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