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The Importance of Relapse Prevention

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In addiction, relapse is when a person who has undergone a period of abstinence from a drug or substance returns to using any medication or substance again. It’s estimated that 40 to 60% of drug addiction patients will relapse. Relapse is not uncommon and is a genuine danger for people struggling with addiction. If your loved one relapses, it is extremely important not to give up on them.

Silicon Beach Tx helps provide relapse prevention strategies for people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Relapse prevention is a significant part of our addiction treatment programs, including our residential, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization options. Our center’s compassionate, supportive staff helps our clients find a healthy way to recover. If you’re ready to start living a healthier, happier life, call 213.460.1706 and talk with one of our recovery specialists.

The Dangers of Relapse

Relapse is dangerous for an addict because they will often return to using the same dose of the drug or substance that they were using before seeking treatment. This amount of substance or drug can become lethal after a period of abstinence because the body is less capable of handling that amount of a substance. With a lower tolerance than before, the individual has a greater chance of overdose.

The first few months after seeking addiction treatment is when the chances of relapse are highest. Long-term addiction programs, such as intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment, should be the primary focus when seeking treatment for addiction. Sober living or halfway houses also provide long-term addiction treatment for recovering addicts. After completing a successful detox, a long-term addiction treatment plan focuses on relapse prevention, and the risk of relapse can be significantly reduced.

Relapse Warning Signs

There are often stages associated with relapse, and prevention is key. You can better help a loved one with addiction by knowing the warning signs and identifying them before it is too late.

Triggers of relapse may include:

  • Financial problems
  • Death of a loved one
  • Loss of a job or problems at work
  • Health issues
  • Marriage or relationship issues

The Importance of Relapse Prevention

One of the most critical aspects of relapse prevention is its ability to help curb negative thought patterns. Relapse is often the product of negative thoughts that lead to substance use.

Some negative thought patterns that can easily lead to relapse include:

  • Pity – Self-pity is a very dangerous emotion for an addict in recovery. Self-pity can eliminate the motivation of the individual.
  • Depression – Many times, mental health issues are a significant concern for people struggling with addiction and can fuel substance use. Depression is a major concern for those in recovery.
  • Complacency – Getting too comfortable in recovery is dangerous because it can cause people to stop working diligently. Complacency can lead to someone failing to put the needed amount of effort into their recovery and treatment.
  • Confidence – Overconfidence can be dangerous for a recovering addict. If the patient is not preparing for when things may get difficult, they can be caught off guard.

Sober Living Aids Relapse Prevention at Silicon Beach Tx

Sober living environments also serve to help addicts when transitioning back to everyday life after completing inpatient treatment. Individuals in sober living are provided a safe, clean, and comprehensive environment to continue their recovery.

At Silicon Beach Tx, we provide outpatient treatment and sober living for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Through comfortable housing, individualized treatment, and highly experienced support staff, we provide residents with the care and structure needed to build their lives. To learn more about our sober living in Los Angeles, please contact us today at 213.460.1706.