Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease characterized by changes in the physiology and function of the brain and the inability to stop using drugs or alcohol even though it’s causing problems. After drug rehab, the addiction is sent into remission. However, using just once – which is known as a lapse – can cause a relapse, or return, of the addiction, and that’s where relapse prevention comes in.
Relapse prevention is a program designed to prevent a return to drugs or alcohol, and it involves comprehensive education about the mechanics of addiction and relapse as well as therapies that help patients learn techniques and skills to prevent a lapse from occurring.
Relapse prevention training is a critical component of the treatment phase of drug rehab, and it’s an essential part of the aftercare plan that’s implemented after treatment is successfully completed. To get more information about this and other recovery programs offered at Drug Treatment Centers Concord NC, call (704) 490-4263.
While a single lapse won’t necessarily cause a relapse of the addiction, it often does, and intervention must be swift in order to get back on the road to successful recovery.
Intervention after a lapse may include a short stay in rehab to address the issues that led the lapse, and changes will be made to the aftercare plan, including an increase in the number of therapy and group counseling sessions and recovery group meetings. Self-destructive relationships may need to be re-evaluated as well, especially those with people who still use.
The need for relapse prevention programs is evident when you consider the statistics concerning relapse rates. Nearly 80 percent of people in recovery from an alcohol addiction relapse in the first year after treatment, but the rate drops to 40 percent for the second through fifth years of recovery, after which it drops even lower.
Meth relapse rates are the highest, with 88 percent of those in recovery after drug treatment relapsing within the first year.
These rates shouldn’t discourage those who need help from seeking addiction treatment. For some, it takes more than one attempt at recovery before the addiction is sent into remission for good.
Relapse prevention programs address a wide variety of issues concerning lapse and relapse, and they help patients learn to:
A large number of techniques for preventing relapse are available, and while not every technique will work for every patient, the sheer diversity of skills, techniques, and strategies that have been proven effective ensure that everyone will be able to create a personal prevention toolbox to help promote successful long-term recovery.
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