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What is the Best Way To Prevent a Relapse?

Woman with hand to face, pondering relapse

The recovery journey is not over once you complete treatment and return home from rehab. Staying sober requires focus, dedication, and a healthy mindset. Transitioning out of treatment and returning home can be challenging for many individuals as they adjust to their newly sober lifestyle. They must change their behavior, routine, and maybe even certain relationships. During this time, the risk of relapse is at its highest.

At Northpoint Nebraska, we aim to help our patients heal fully, so they can get back to living life to the fullest. We provide various programs and services to ensure we can address their needs during treatment and recovery. This includes a relapse prevention program to help our patients avoid setbacks and enjoy sobriety.

Relapse Prevention Program

A relapse prevention program is designed to help people avoid falling back into drug or alcohol use. Whether an individual has just left rehab or is in long-term recovery, there is still a risk of relapse. It is possible to avoid relapse with adequate education, resources, and a plan. One of the crucial aspects of a relapse prevention program is identifying your relapse triggers. A relapse trigger is something that can cause a relapse. Not everyone has the same triggers, so it is critical to understand what yours are so you can avoid them or find healthy ways to cope with them.

Some common relapse triggers are:

  • Stress
  • Cravings
  • Isolation
  • Boredom
  • Situations where drugs or alcohol are around
  • Negative emotions

Creating relapse prevention plans is another crucial part of a relapse prevention program. Each person’s circumstances with their addiction and recovery journey will differ, and their relapse prevention plans will reflect that. A plan will consist of the patient’s life and recovery goals, an outline for how to achieve them, and resources in the event of a relapse. Examples of recovery goals can include things like eating healthy, attending counseling sessions, getting enough sleep, and meditating. Participating in a relapse prevention program and working with our professional staff to create a personalized plan can significantly impact your recovery journey.

Types of Relapse Prevention Services

Navigating life after rehab can be overwhelming, but our relapse prevention services can make the transition easier. Returning to normal life is an integral part of the recovery journey, and patients must learn how they can maintain their sobriety in a new environment outside of rehab. Our relapse prevention services are aimed at providing education, resources, and support so patients can develop the skills and tools they need to lead a healthy, sober life outside of treatment.

Some of the relapse prevention services we offer include:

  • Community housing – Sober housing, or community housing, provides a sober living environment for those in recovery. Here, patients take regular drug tests, contribute to community upkeep, and abide by conduct standards.
  • Continued therapy – Once treatment is complete and a person leaves rehab, they can and likely should continue attending therapy sessions. Maintaining your mental health is critical for lasting recovery and can be a key component in your relapse prevention plan.
  • Addiction recovery resources – When an individual leaves treatment, they may not know their employment or living situation. Our resources can help patients find stable housing, seek education opportunities, or start over in their careers.
  • Support groups – In support groups, patients offer each other support, mutual accountability, and understanding. These are healthy social groups and allow individuals to connect with others in similar situations.

Our goal is to help patients become sober and maintain recovery for the rest of their lives. Recovery may be challenging, but it is possible.

Learn More About our Relapse Prevention Program at Northpoint Nebraska

Do not wait to seek addiction treatment. If you are ready to start your recovery journey, contact Northpoint Nebraska today at 888.351.3834.