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When people think about drug addiction and treatment, they think that all of their problems can be solved by going through detox and getting the drug out of their system. Treatment programs that continue on from detox and that place an important emphasis on relapse prevention are far more effective than detox alone. In fact, relapse prevention may be the most important factor in successful addiction recovery.
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Relapse prevention is a set of treatments and techniques to help to stop relapse in the early stages and to help recovering addicts prepare for the possibility of relapse once treatment is complete. In other words, prevention techniques are taught during the initial addiction treatment process and are also used and further developed once a person completed rehab.
Many people underestimate the possibility of relapse when they are attempting to overcome their drug addiction problem. The reality, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), is that between 40 and 60 percent of people who have a drug addiction or substance abuse problem will relapse following their initial treatment.
Additionally, the first five years following drug and alcohol treatment are the riskiest for relapse. On top of that, the absolute highest risk of relapse occurs within the first two months following a person’s initial addiction treatment.
Emotional relapse is a set of behaviors and emotions that can precede resuming drug abuse and addiction. This stage in unconscious, meaning the recovering addict does not necessarily intend to resume drug use. In other words, the symptoms of emotional relapse may seem unrelated to drug abuse but actually can cause problems and further progression. The symptoms or signs or emotional relapse include:
The best treatment available for emotional relapse is to ask for help from friends, family, sponsors, or to resume group meeting attendance. Relapse prevention techniques that address emotional relapse include individual and group therapy to help patients learn to recognize trouble behaviors, thoughts, and emotions and engage in alternative behaviors or seek help through group meetings or speaking to a substance abuse counselor.
Mental relapse is the stage in which the intent or conscious desire to resume drug use and abuse becomes more prevalent. This is characterized more by thought than just by generalized feelings. Some of the signs of mental relapse include:
Prevention techniques for mental relapse include the tactic of thinking the resumption of drug use through to the end to see and understand the consequences of drug use after the fact. A person can also ask for help, try to distract themselves with positive activities, and of course go to group meetings, call their sponsor or ask for help from family and friends. Some people going through mental relapse may even want to return to a treatment center to ensure that they do not further progress in the relapse process.
A person physically relapses when they actually obtain and resume the use of the drug they are addicted to. Once a person reaches this stage relapse, the prevention process has not worked and they will need to begin the detox and recovery process again. However, while prevention has not worked, this does not mean you should feel you failed. Instead, learn from the mistakes you have made and begin the process anew with stronger determination to prevent and avoid relapse.
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