A relapse is a series of activities and events that lead to a return to substance abuse. Developing coping skills, which make it possible to prevent and disrupt this series of events, is an important part of maintaining long-term sobriety. A relapse prevention programme is an integral component of any addiction treatment program and an asset to every recovering addict. Relapse Prevention Programmes Include:
Coping skills for triggers, cravings and situations that incite a desire to use
A support system of others who can help you anticipate and prevent relapse
Skills that prevent a momentary slip from becoming a full-blown return to substance abuse.
To maintain sobriety, it is important to make lifestyle changes and always have a plan in place to minimize the chance of relapse. The ideal relapse prevention plan is different for each individual and will need to be developed and honed throughout addiction treatment and the rest of your life. By attending our relapse prevention programme, you will feel more confident in knowing that you have help if these cravings begin to happen. We customize our relapse prevention programme to coincide with the underlying cause of the addiction. The Relapse Process is about more than just returning to drug use. It’s about falling back into a cycle of thoughts, emotions and behaviors which justify and perpetuate the return to substance abuse. At the beginning of a relapse, we may feel resistant to the changes we’re making in recovery. Though we might not immediately begin using again, we may start to lose faith in treatment and put ourselves in high-risk situations. As cravings grow stronger, and we begin to feel that old behaviors will help us relieve them, the risk of returning to substance abuse continues to grow until we may eventually give in.
It’s important to understand that the desire to use is natural for any alcoholic or drug addict. Many people experience a relapse or multiple relapses during recovery, and this never means that long-term sobriety is impossible to achieve. Relapse Prevention – Stopping the Cycle at any point in the relapse cycle, it is possible to stop the process from continuing. Any time you experience thoughts, feelings or behaviors that may indicate a relapse is coming, you need to put your relapse prevention plan into motion. This can be accomplished by: Reaching out when you struggle with difficult emotions, begin to fall into old behaviors or recognize that a relapse may be imminent, it’s important to immediately reach out to the members of your support system, like:
Other Healthy People Who are Going Through Recovery
Healthy People Outside Recovery Who can Encourage You and Help You Remain Sober
All of these individuals can help you navigate the difficult feelings and experiences that can lead to a relapse. Reengaging with them is the most important thing you can do to prevent a relapse. Because these individuals may also be able to recognize signs that you are at risk of relapse, it is important to stay in consistent contact with them. Recommitting to a Substance Abuse Recovery Programme rather than allowing yourself to disconnect from treatment and resume substance abuse, it’s important to reinforce your dedication to the activities and organizations that will help you remain abstinent. You can recommit to recovery by:
Going to an AA, NA or Other Group Meeting
Attending an Individual and Group Counselling Sessions
Engaging in Healthy Alternative Activities like Exercise or Meditation
A relapse prevention plan is a valuable part of maintaining sobriety for any recovering addict. But regardless of what happens, do not ever feel that you have slipped too far to return to treatment or reach out for support. Help is always available. A Relapse Prevention programme can’t guarantee that you’ll never backslide, but it can give you the tools you need to deal with the urge to drink or use drugs if and when it does occur. Most importantly, our programme gives you the support you need to keep the occasional craving or a minor lapse from turning into a lifelong return to substance abuse. Call now for immediate relapse prevention help and for a free assessment and evaluation with one of our Therapists (required to participate in this programme).
We are conveniently located in Rome's center near Piazza del Risorgamento off of via Cola di Rienzo. Our address is Via Catone 21, 5th floor. Take the elevator to the right after the hallway.
Parking is nearby off of Via dei Gracchi and Piazza dell'Unita'. Phone (English speaking) +39.342.812.7620
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