One important part of recovery is developing a relapse prevention plan. Relapse, unfortunately, is a common step on the path to improvement. Statistics suggest that 40 to 60% of people in recovery relapse at least once.
Find a Comprehensive Treatment Program
Since a part of your plan may involve returning to treatment, it’s a good idea to select a treatment facility with several programs. For instance, The Hills Treatment Center offers:
- Detox with one-on-one staffing
- Residential program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
A facility like this offers you several options in case it becomes necessary for you to return to some form of treatment.
Develop a Relapse Prevention Plan
A prevention plan helps you to recognize your stressors and behaviors that may lead you to relapse. Once you’ve identified the factors, you can then come up with a plan for handling them.
For instance, suppose you always drink heavily while watching football with a rowdy group of friends. Possible interventions could be avoiding football or watching the games with people who don’t drink.
Since it can be hard to notice your own bad habits, it may help to enlist one or more people who know you well to write up your relapse prevention plan. You could work with family, friends, your AA sponsor, or a counselor.
Sometimes, it’s a good idea to write down a few plans for dealing with triggers. For example, if you want to take Xanax after your father harshly criticizes you in front of others, you could respond by telling him to stop, by trying to change the subject, or by leaving the area.
Plan What You Will Do if a Relapse Occurs
No matter how good your relapse prevention plan is, there may be times when you give into cravings or unpleasant feelings. If you catch yourself starting to drink or use again, have a plan.
First and most importantly, don’t beat up on yourself for relapsing. Instead, use your slip up as a learning experience. If you’ve relapsed and can’t seem to stop using, consider going back into treatment. You may not require inpatient treatment again, but outpatient treatment can help a great deal. Another solution might be going to support group meetings. If you haven’t found a counselor yet, now would be a good time. If money is a problem, find a mental health center that offers a sliding scale for fees.
Don’t let addiction control your life. Things can get better. If you live in or near Los Angeles, or if you would like to come to California for treatment, call The Hills Treatment Center at 866-323-4665. Whether you have an addiction to synthetic drugs, alcohol, or something in between, we can help.