What is a Relapse Prevention Plan?

How to Maintain Long-Term Sobriety

Staying sober is a lot harder than getting sober, and unfortunately, many people in recovery will experience at least on relapse along their journey. Not only can you bounce back from a relapse by having a relapse prevention plan, but if this is your first time going to a drug and alcohol rehab in New Jersey, you can avoid relapse completely. Many people believe that relapse happens when a person picks up a drink or a drug, but relapse is usually in the works days, weeks, or months before you drink or use. One of the best ways to avoid relapse is to know what your relapse warning signs are, and this is the foundation of your relapse prevention plan.

What are Relapse Warning Signs?

When you go through addiction treatment in New Jersey, you get down to the root causes of your addiction. There’s a common misconception that people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol just drink or use because they’re morally flawed. The reality is that people drink and use drugs to get a feeling, get rid of a feeling, or to have an escape. In treatment, you’ll learn about what your triggers are, and sometimes these triggers can include the following:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Living environment
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Anger
  • Work

If you’ve relapsed in the past or struggle with chronic relapse, it’s important to analyze your history and see what happened before the relapse. Did you start isolating? Did you stop talking to your support group? Did you stop going to therapy? If so, these might be some of your relapse warning signs. For others, you may slip back into old addictive behaviors even while you’re still sober. This can include, lying and stealing, or you may begin seeing problems in the relationships with the people you love.

How to Prevent a Relapse

By knowing your relapse warning signs, you can catch them sooner rather than later. If you haven’t picked up a drink or a drug yet, then you still have a chance to turn things around. As part of your relapse prevention plan, you need to have actionable steps you can take if your relapse warning signs begin to appear. This can include going to 12-step meetings, talking to your sponsor, talking to your support group, or seeing your therapist. Relapse is a great teacher, so it’s important to look back and see what you didn’t do last time, and make sure that you do it this time in order to prevent picking up that drink or a drug.

What to do if You Relapse

Relapse is an unfortunate reality for many people, and sometimes the relapse triggers are too strong. If you have suffered from a relapse, don’t lose hope. Many people with years of sobriety have relapsed at some point in their recovery journey, but they didn’t give up. Enlightened Solutions Detox is here to help you if you’ve relapsed. We’ll assist you through the withdrawal process, and we have a team of clinicians who can help you figure out what led to your relapse and how you can avoid it happening again. If you need help coming back from a relapse, call us today at 833-233-7336.

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