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Relapsing can be a serious concern for those recovering from addiction. According to a study including nearly 1,200 participants, only one-third of people who abstain from drug or alcohol use for less than a year will remain relapse free. One-half of those who remain abstinent for over a year will stave off relapse. Those who manage to remain drug or alcohol free for more than five years have less than a 15% chance of relapsing.
Because the risk of relapsing is so high, it’s important for patients starting addiction treatment to learn relapse prevention techniques. With the right treatment, individuals are more likely to stay sober even when life becomes challenging and the urge to use returns.
If relapsing could be avoided by simply saying “no” to addictive substances, many people wouldn’t turn back to using them after going through addiction treatment. Substance abuse alters the brain and repairing the damage done can take years. That’s why relapse can be triggered by many different factors, including:
Since some of these outside factors can’t be controlled, the best way to prevent relapsing in these moments is to avoid the addictive substance all together. That means steering clear of bars, clubs, events where drugs or alcohol are present, another addict’s home, or any places where someone previously used. If the urge to use is still there, individuals should reach out to others for support.
Often, individuals who relapse do it because they’re suffering alone. Reaching out to others, whether it’s friends, family, or another support group, can help recovering individuals feel empowered and keep urges to use at bay. Those who in the supporting role can help by offering to listen to their problems, invite them into a drug or alcohol-free space, or simply be a distraction for them until their craving passes away.
Talking with others can often be enough to prevent a relapse. That’s why it’s important to have hotline numbers as well as phone numbers of loved ones and sponsors. No matter what time of day it is, those recovering from addiction will be able to reach out to someone and find some verbal support.
The right treatment center plays a pivotal role in relapse prevention. The more well-rounded and the longer individuals stay in addiction treatment, the more likely they are to keep from relapsing. Why? Because people who stay in a well-crafted treatment center as long as they have to are more likely to learn the tools to get the support they need to stay sober.
The best treatment centers to attend are the ones that touch on all of the avenues of a patient’s life. In order to do this, the treatment plans offered to patients must be personalized and adapt to the changes individuals experience during the course of their recovery.
Beaches Recovery combines physical, therapeutic, and holistic treatments so patients recover both their body and their spirit. With these treatments, our clients learn how to build lasting relationships with others, which will help in their relapse prevention. Treatments are adapted to the needs of our clients so each individual receives the full care he or she needs.
Start your recovery somewhere that will teach you how to cope correctly. Call Beaches Recovery today at 866-605-0532 and get started on your recovery.