Relapse is often a tragic part of the recovery process. It can easily demoralize patients and significantly diminish the momentum they gained during their inpatient stay. One of the principal reasons why relapse is so common is because patients often neglect to apply the skills they learned and to rely on the support they need in order to stay successful in their recovery after leaving treatment.
Cutting-edge, Comprehensive Relapse Prevention Services
Our relapse prevention services are administered over a period of six weeks and are woven into patients’ inpatient treatment programs. During the program, patients gain a comprehensive understanding of what relapse is, where it begins and how to prevent it. Patients move through the program via the following steps:
Intake and Assessment
Patients receive a thorough evaluation from our intake professionals, including an Addiction Severity Index (ASI) assessment and Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI) testing. This helps us determine the scope and severity of patients’ substance abuse and is mandatory for any patient seeking treatment.
Introduction to Relapse Control
This is where patients really begin their journey of self-awareness. Participants gain an initial understanding of relapse and are guided on how to develop an awareness of their behaviors and how to improve thier self-management skills. We provide a general vocabulary and give patients an explanation of the relapse prevention process.
This is also the stage where patients learn to identify the general behaviors that contribute to substance abuse and identify examples from their own lives where they lacked control and turned to drugs and alcohol as a result. This includes in-depth examination and reporting of the specific situation, the steps leading up to it and the feelings they experienced when it was happening.
Additionally, patients develop a heightened understanding of the link between their feelings and the formation of their addiction as well as the consequences that occur whenever they give in to chemical dependency.
Self-Management and Realization
This is the stage in which patients apply the abstract principals of the previous steps to their own experiences. It includes recognizing specific feelings, thoughts and situations that lead to substance abuse as well as developing coping techniques. Patients will also develop a plan to avoid the toxic circumstances that can trigger substance abuse, learn about relapse justification, and understand the importance of establishing and pursuing recovery goals.
Patients continue to build upon the awareness gained in previous steps and replace their self-destructive beliefs with new and healthier thought patterns. This includes continued identification of toxic, high-risk circumstances, the development of techniques to avoid these situations, and the building of skills to regulate and monitor relapse-inducing behaviors. Patients will also examine the rituals and habits that encourage substance abuse and will learn how to break away from them. This includes addressing co-dependent relationships.
Examination and Adaptation of New Response Patterns
During this stage, patients develop decision-making tools that allow them to identify the benefits and liabilities of their responses to stressful situations that trigger substance abuse. This includes defining old and new response patterns and understanding the cost and benefits of the new responses. Patients will also develop a personalized relapse prevention plan that includes identifying red flags and dealing with anger-related issues that could serve as a roadblock to sustained recovery.
Relapse Prevention and Outpatient Treatment
We also offer relapse prevention services for our outpatient population. Much like our inpatient option, we help patients identify dangerous and enabling substance abuse triggers, build a network of support and regulate their responses to stressful situations that compel them to use drugs and alcohol.