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Although staying in recovery is possible, there is still a chance that individuals may relapse after completing treatment here at Rock Recovery Center. Because of this, we develop relapse prevention plans for each of our patients. This gives them the knowledge and tools needed to get back on their feet should a relapse happen.
In today’s world, addiction is recognized as a chronic mental illness. Through many years, researchers have found that it is not just something someone “gets over.” Because symptoms can last the entirety of an individual’s life, relapse is always possible.
Relapse is the act of returning to old habits and behaviors that heighten the possibility of triggering an addiction disorder to start again. Relapse happens because addiction is a very difficult disease to overcome. An individual may be six days or even six years into recovery and relapse. There is no time frame.
At Rock Recovery, our staff aims our patients’ attention in other directions besides turning back to addiction when things get hard. We show them how to recognize their relapse triggers and how to avoid them.
Types of Relapse Triggers
There is often a misconception around sobriety that it’s easy to maintain once treatment is complete. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Each day, someone in recovery must choose to be sober. They must understand the things that can trigger them to relapse and either avoid them entirely or find other outlets to put their attention on.
Deciphering which triggers have a significant impact on each patient’s recovery is very important while at our facility. We understand that if these are identified early, it can sometimes mean life or death for some of our patients.
Through each part of rehab, there is potential for relapse, as well as after leaving our facility. It’s most common for individuals to relapse after going through medical detoxification. Detox allows them to slowly wean their bodies off of the abused substance. During and after this process, they will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms occur because their body is not used to being without the substance.
There are three stages of relapse to be mindful of when going through recovery: emotional, mental and physical. Each one is not more influential than the other. It all depends on how a person’s mind and body reacts to the withdrawal symptoms they experience.
Emotional relapse is the first phase of relapse that can happen. An individual may not be consciously thinking about relapsing, but their ties to the substance can take a toll on their emotions. This can lead to emotional withdrawal symptoms to arise. Emotional withdrawal is normally caused because of Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome or PAWS.
PAWS can lead patients to start reacting to certain situations negatively and developing unhealthy behaviors. This can include things like:
If the emotional stage is ignored, individuals can then move into the mental phase of relapse. In simple terms, this means that someone in recovery is going through a mental battle. They’re trying to decide if they should stay sober or if they should start using again. They’re looking for a way to cope and ignore what they are thinking and feeling. As someone goes deeper into the mental stage of relapse, it’s more difficult to get them out of it.
Physical relapse is the stage of relapse we all can see. It is the phase where an individual begins to pick old habits back up. This can include things like sneaking around, displaying behavioral signs, and even overdosing. They begin to physically use their substance of choice again.
Creating a prevention plan is extremely important for those in recovery. Developing this is part of our program here at Rock Recovery. We want to give each of our patients a chance at avoiding relapse at all costs.
It is estimated that around 40 to 60% of individuals in recovery will relapse during the recovery journey. Because of this, our staff at Rock Recovery puts an emphasis on developing a relapse prevention plan as soon as possible. This plan allows each patient to recognize signs, triggers and hopefully prevent relapse from happening. It can sometimes mean the difference between a patient being hospitalized or even life and death.
Here are important tips to remember and practice after dealing with a relapse.
Because someone who has just left rehab has not been under the influence for a period of time, their tolerance goes down. If they decide to begin using again, they will most likely try to take the same amount of the substance as they were before. This often leads to overdose that can cause serious consequences.
The ultimate point of developing a relapse prevention plan is to avoid overdose at all costs. Our staff at Rock Recovery knows that it is a possibility. We want to do everything in our power that we can to deter each of our patients from choosing to use again.
At Rock Recovery, we pride ourselves on being different from the rest of the treatment centers in Southern Florida. We offer an array of therapies from individual to family to recreational, and we recognize the importance of each one. Our sober living homes are among some of the best in the area, and they create a private, safe space for our patients.
We also offer the full spectrum of treatment levels. This includes everything from residential to your standard outpatient programs. Our staff provides care in each of these that is unmatched. They are truly there to make a difference in our patients’ lives.
We understand that relapse can be a scary reality for some individuals in recovery. This is why we put an emphasis on creating relapse prevention plans for each of our patients. We want to help you avoid falling into old patterns and develop healthier lifestyle choices.
Please feel free to contact us today to start your treatment plan with us. Our team is available around the clock to answer your calls and messages.Give Us a Call Today! 866-907-1778