As you begin your journey to recovery, you’ll quickly find that one of the most important steps you can take is to plan for how to prevent relapse after treatment. At Awakenings Recovery Center, we know that when our clients begin their new lives in sobriety, they can encounter challenges that make it difficult to stay in recovery. We offer aftercare planning, an alumni program, and relapse prevention therapy, all of which are designed to help our clients deal with the issues of everyday life in a healthy and positive way.
What Is Relapse Prevention Therapy?
Relapse prevention therapy is a form of talk therapy that is used to treat both substance use disorders and mental health issues like depression and anxiety. This therapy works by helping clients identify situations in which they might be susceptible to relapse. The client and their therapist find strategies to help them prevent relapse, cope with challenging situations in a healthy way, and maintain their sobriety long-term.
In relapse prevention therapy, you can expect to:
- Identify social situations or emotional states that could lead to relapse
- Learn about the negative consequences of entering high-risk situations
- Develop coping skills for specific situations
- Plan for unexpected situations
- Find new ways to think about substance use
During sessions, you might act out different scenarios with your therapist. These could include upcoming or likely situations that you might encounter, like holiday parties, stressful work situations, or encountering someone who is not supportive of your sobriety.
In addition, your therapist might assign you homework, where you practice these skills outside of your sessions. Journaling is one tool that many therapists use to help their clients hone their new skills and strategies.
How Sober Living Can Prevent Relapse
One resource that can help clients maintain their sobriety is sober living. Re-entering daily life after being in residential treatment can be challenging. In a treatment center, clients can focus on their recovery away from the stresses of everyday life. Everyone around them is supportive of their newfound sobriety and regular therapy sessions help them work through the underlying causes of addiction. However, everyday life can be full of triggers that could precipitate a relapse. Stress at work, conflict with family members, or worries about finances could all contribute to drug or alcohol use.
Sober living serves as a way for those in recovery to transition back to living independently. This is a form of recovery housing, where those who have gone through an inpatient treatment program can live in an environment where they have the independence to go to work and fulfill responsibilities during the day but live in a drug- and alcohol-free environment. They might take part in an outpatient treatment program or participate in 12-step meetings. In sober living, individuals in recovery get to continue to develop healthy coping skills while in a supportive environment.
Contact Awakenings Recovery Center Today
Every client at Awakenings Recovery Center receives an individualized treatment plan. Whether you are struggling with alcohol abuse, drug addiction, or mental health issues, our team members will help you find long-term healing. In addition to relapse prevention therapy, we offer the following addiction treatment therapies as part of our treatment plans:
- Expressive therapy
- Group therapy
- Trauma-focused therapy
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Family therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Relapse prevention therapy
- 12-step approach
If you’re ready to break free from addiction and rebuild your life, reach out to Awakenings Recovery Center today. You can contact our team at 833.297.4343 or reach out to us online to learn more.