Relapse Prevention in Yorktown NY (914) 829-5787
What is relapse and relapse prevention?
Relapse occurs when a person experiencing a period of sobriety has returned to substance abuse. Much like the progressive stages of becoming an addict, relapse also occurs in phases rather than being a one-time event.
Relapse prevention is a set of strategies created to make patients aware that it is a process and help them avoid relapse. Since there is a progression over time leading to it, relapse prevention plans have systems to address avoidance at each stage of progression. Making abusers aware of these signs is key to relapse prevention.
If you or a loved one is in danger of relapsing, call Drug Rehab Yorktown at (914) 829-5787.
From a report published by the Caron Foundation entitled “Relapse & Recovery: Behavioral Strategies for Change”:
- Relapse rates average 50 percent for returning to heavy use
- Relapse rates average 90 percent for brief relapse
Relapse rates by type of substance
- Heroin has the highest relapse rate at 87 percent
- Closely following is alcohol at 86 percent
- Crack cocaine is at 84 percent
- Marijuana has a relapse rate of 72 percent
- Depressant drugs 51 percent
- Methamphetamines 56 percent
- Cocaine 55%
- PCP, inhalants and hallucinogens 40-46%.
What are the stages of relapse?
Relapse is progressive. There are stages leading to a full relapse. Relapse prevention plans teach abusers what the stages are and how to react if they see any of the warning signs. Once an individual recognizes the red flags and seeks help, treatment can be administered to avoid or minimize a relapse.
Relapse steps in the order of progression are:
- Seemingly small attitude and behavior changes
- Little initial awareness of the changes
- Restlessness and discontent increase
- Abusers’ focus goes from themselves to those around them
- Negative feelings, blaming situations and other people, feeling victimized, fear and anger increase
- Unresolved and ambivalent feelings increase
- Mental and physical isolation is more common
- Negativity dominates and compulsive behaviors intensify
- Dreaming about using again with fantasizing about past substance use
- A real or fabricated crisis is used as an excuse to begin using
- A rationale has formed to justify using again
- The decision to use is made
- False beliefs are in place that this time abuse will be different
- The progressive slide to relapse grows as these steps repeat
- Relapse occurs when the person goes back to using
What are relapse prevention programs designed to do?
Our treatment centers in Yorktown develop relapse prevention programs by assessing substance abusers throughout treatment. They modify the plans as more is learned about the individual. The following are general guidelines abusers are taught, so they recognize the signs and prevent relapsing.
- Addiction specialists teach abusers behaviors to handle high risk situations such as adverse circumstances.
- Abuse are taught to recognize warning signs, such as feelings of anger, resentment, feeling victimized, fear, agitation and considering using, and then seek relapse prevention help when these feelings are overwhelming.
- Counselors teach individuals that reaching out for help in the early stages to prevent relapse is more effective.
- “90 meetings in 90 days” is needed so relapse can be avoided. Meetings are needed all through life to maintain sobriety.
Residential rehab centers with comprehensive and customized drug relapse prevention programs are needed for abusers who need help. Our staff at Drug Rehab Yorktown is knowledgeable about all phases of treatment, including the importance of aftercare and relapse prevention treatment. Our experts take the time to assess and develop effective plans. Call Drug Rehab Yorktown today at (914) 829-5787. All calls are kept confidential, and help is only a phone call away.