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Miami Relapse Prevention for Addiction

Addiction is a powerful disease that is incredibly hard to overcome. Not but eighty years ago a person suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism was thought to be completely hopeless. Usually the family would attempt to get them help through hospitalization, psychiatry, or the church, but if these were ineffective then the addict was commonly, if they were able to avoid legal trouble, locked up in a sanitarium, where they would wait out the rest of their lives. Fortunately, we have a come a long way, both medically and socially, in dealing with addiction, and with the creation of 12-step programs and more effective treatment options, the alcoholic or addict has a much better prognosis today.

Even with the multitude of treatment options, and help that is available for addicts and alcoholics, getting and staying sober is still not an easy task. Part of this stems from the initial decision that is necessary in order to get sober. In order for someone to truly attempt to get sober, there must be a coming to terms with the addiction, and the fact that no matter how hard they try they will never be able to drink or drug like a person not afflicted with the disease of addiction. This decision is not one made by the mind, but rather it is a total knowing of the spirit that the jig is up, and drugs and alcohol no longer work. Many come to an intellectual knowing that they cannot drink or drug and this is usually sufficient for a period of time, but as the disease centers in the mind, thoughts are subject to change, and with that, the intellectual knowing as well.

" In order for someone to truly attempt to get sober, there must be a coming to terms with the addiction "

Even once someone is aware to their innermost self that they are a drug addict or alcoholic, there still is a possibility that they will not remain sober in the long term. This could be the result of any number of reasons, whether it is stopping going to meetings, not working the Steps, or simply just stopping doing what the tenets of the 12 step programs teach.

At any given time there are a number of forces working against the addict or alcoholic staying sober and in order to overcome these they must be equipped with the tools necessary to stave off a relapse. This is where Holistic Recovery Centers’ relapse prevention program comes in.

The Stages of a Relapse

While a relapse may be a part of a person’s journey towards recovery, relapsing is not only preventable, but the symptoms of its occurrence are also predictable. This is not to say that the person experiencing them is acutely aware that they are moving towards a relapse. Many times an individual may not be aware that they are moving closer to a drink or drug, even if those around them can tell.

Once in recovery you may hear certain phrases like someone is in “relapse mode.” At first this may sound absurd, but what it speaks to is the fact that there is a period in time when an addict or alcoholic is slipping further away from recovery and moving towards a relapse. The relapse does not come out of nowhere, although it may at times seem it like does. Just as recovery is process, the reversal of its effects is a process as well, and so this means that there are evident stages to a relapse.

Preceding the relapse people usually start to distance themselves from recovery related activities. This may mean they stop attending meetings, leave treatment early, stop speaking to their support group, or start isolating, but from this jumping off point, they begin to experience the different stages that encompass a relapse.

The first stage of relapse is often a shift in attitude. The addict may notice increased feelings of stress, irritation, and impatience. There may also be feelings of loss, depression, and anxiety. At this point, instead of turning to recovering friends, a sponsor, or a counselor, he or she will isolate and distance themselves from those that could provide help. This stage may last for weeks or even months, or it may be brief.

The second stage often includes romanticizing the “good old days” of using. He or she may forget about the negative aspects of using and focus on the good times. There may be an increased sense of agitation, restlessness, and a feeling of missing out. Using may begin to sound better and better, and the idea that it will bring relief from stress and loneliness may start to enter the person’s mind.

The third stage ends with using. At this point there may be visible behaviors and actions that indicate relapse is close at hand. The addict or alcoholic has likely cut off all ties to recovery and is actively ignoring phone calls. He or she may still be denying that they are thinking of using, but it is probably obvious to everyone else around them that there is a problem. They may start to display old behaviors such as being dishonest, being prone to angry outbursts, or being evasive. At this point the individual may start to reconnect with old using friends, or if this is not an option they may start fishing around the fringes of their 12-step program for people whom they think may or may not be using. At some point in all of this the addict or alcoholic will pick up again.

Hopefully the relapse will be short-lived but having a head full of recovery is no guarantee that the individual will not continue to use for years. Many make it back within a short period of time, coming to the realization that drinking and drugging is still not the answer that they sought, but unfortunately others are not so lucky and never make it back, winding up in jails or even worse dead.

Why Is Relapse Prevention Education Necessary For Long-Term Sobriety

The good news is that relapse is preventable. Staying vigilant in recovery, learning the signs of relapse, identifying triggers, and developing the tools necessary for dealing with them are great ways to increase your chances of staying sober in the long-term.

Some people believe that treatment doesn’t work, because relapse after treatment can be common, but this is not true. Treatment does work, and programs that have relapse prevention education are even more effective. While a short treatment program can initially help a person get sober, without relapse prevention education and follow-ups, the challenges and stresses that occur after treatment can often end with a relapse.

Most addicts have been turning to drugs and alcohol for years before treatment. Often, using is the normal and habitual response to stressful situations such as financial troubles, relationship problems, work stress, and more. These habits are ingrained, and they don’t go away overnight. A few weeks in treatment can help, but without the necessary life skills and relapse prevention education, treatment results in only delaying the inevitable. Knowing this, you can better prepare for life after treatment by learning tools and strategies that can help to prevent relapse. This means knowing what the red flags are and how to stay connected to your recovery, enabling you to weather any storm that life throws at you.

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Our Relapse Prevention Education Groups Help You Learn How To Stay Sober, For Good

At Holistic Recovery Centers our goal is that you succeed in sobriety and in life. A big part of this is getting the required relapse prevention therapy and education so that you can maintain your recovery long after you leave our program. Our Relapse prevention education can teach you:

How to identify triggers that can lead to using
Techniques for dealing with unsafe people or situations
How to develop a support group so you don’t become isolated
Healthy ways to deal with confrontation or other high-stress situations
How to develop a plan of action when you are feeling like you want to use
How to manage stress and feelings without turning to substances
How to make it through a major life crisis without relapsing

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Utilize Holistic Recovery Center’s Relapse Prevention Education Today

If you want to learn more about our programs and our relapse prevention education, contact Holistic Recovery Centers today. Our program offers the very best in holistic treatment and therapies designed to help you achieve sobriety and success in life. Call 877-723-7117 to get started.

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