Relapse Prevention Programs

The nature of addiction is that it is a chronic and relapsing disease. This means that addiction cannot be cured and it also can reoccur if a person recovers and then resumes using the substance they are addicted to. Because of the fact that it is in the nature of an addict to relapse, a prevention program is of extreme importance.  

Relapse is a great deal more common than many people believe.  Between 40 to 60 percent of people who successfully make it through a drug addiction treatment program will relapse at some point in the future. Because it is so widespread, the more prepared a person is for the possibility, the better they will be able to maintain their sobriety and protect their health and well-being once treatment is complete.  

Relapse is not just a single moment of substance use or abuse after addiction treatment. That is a lapse rather than relapse. When a person goes through relapse, they are moving through a three-step process. At any point during the relapse process, it can be stopped and reversed, which is why recovering addicts need to understand how relapse occurs.

Stage One:

The first step of relapse is one that is emotional. This can be tough for an unaware observer to notice, but can be easily recognizable if you know what to look out for. Negative emotions and habits are what occur during the emotional stage of relapse. Anger, aggression, intolerance, sadness, depression, restlessness, and melancholy can all be signs of emotional relapse. If a person stops caring about their appearance, does not eat healthily, or begins to engage in poor sleeping habits, these are also telltale signs.

Stage 2: 

Mental relapse is the second stage of the relapse process and is more active in nature. The addicted person actually plans and thinks about substance abuse. These plans often begin to occupy their minds much of the time and they may seem to be distant and secretive to the people closest to them. And, of course, the final stage of relapse occurs when a person actually resumes substance abuse and engages in the compulsive behaviors that go along with their substance abuse.

Having access to quality relapse prevention programs like those we offer at Second Chance Recovery Center, will give a person the skills and know-how to return to the world after their treatment confident in resisting and avoiding temptation and triggers as they go about their daily lives.