The Importance of Relapse Prevention
In addiction, relapse is when a person who has undergone a period of abstinence from a drug or substance returns to using any drug or substance again. It’s estimated that 40 to 60% of drug addiction patients will relapse. Relapse is not uncommon and is a very real danger for an addict. If your loved one relapses it is extremely important not to give up on them.
Relapse is dangerous for an addict because they will often return to using the same amount 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 their 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 treatment for addiction is when the chances of relapse are highest. When seeking treatment for addiction long-term addiction programs, such as intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment should be the primary focus. Sober living or halfway houses also provide long-term addiction treatment for recovering addicts. Following completion of a successful detox, a long-term addiction treatment places focus on relapse prevention and the risk of relapse can be greatly reduced.
Relapse warning signs include:
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
Additional triggers of relapse may include:
- Self-pity is a very dangerous emotion for an addict in recovery. Self-pity can eliminate the motivation for the individual.
- Depression is a concern for those in recovery.
- Complacency can lead to a patient not continuing to put the needed amount of effort into their recovery and treatment.
- 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 environments also serve to help addicts when transitioning back to normal life after completing inpatient treatment. Individuals in sober living are provided a safe, clean, and comprehensive environment to continue their recovery.
At Silicon Beach Treatment Center, we provide outpatient treatment and sober living for individuals with co-occuring disorders. Through comfortable housing, individualized treatment, and a highly experienced support staff, we provide residents with the care and structure needed to build their lives.