The goal of relapse prevention is to prevent people who have quit drinking or taking drugs from yielding to the frequent, powerful compulsions they will get to use again. It begins immediately after addicts decide to quit. Most addicts will be dependent on the addictive substances, and when they try to get clean they will have to go through withdrawal, an often painful and dangerous process, during which the desire to relapse is enormous.
However, relapse prevention therapy becomes even more intense immediately following withdrawal, and it then includes preparing addicts for a new drug- and alcohol-free life. This phase of relapse prevention will include therapy, counseling and education. Addicts will be told about all the resources they can call upon to help them stay in control of their addiction.
For more information about relapse prevention programs, call Drug Treatment St. Petersburg at (727) 362-4547 .
There is no consensus on when relapse occurs. Some experts believe that a single episode of taking a drink or a drug should not be regarded as a relapse, while others would disagree. In terms of health and a happy future, addicts are better off remaining totally abstinent. Just one slip can send them back into the total grip of addictive substances. There are recognizable phases leading to relapse. These are:
It is very important for families of addicts to understand that in the emotional relapse phase, the addict does not realize that he or she has started down the path to using again. Addicts do not think of drinking or taking drugs during this phase. They begin to feel that they are losing control over their lives. They become irritable and lethargic, and may stop taking part in activities like recreational yoga, walking, swimming or other activities they took up as part of their recovery therapy. In their heads, every small problem becomes a major one, and these problems appear to be stacking up. Irritability is accompanied by outbursts of intense anger. The emotional relapse phase is also accompanied by a return of denial. Addicts refuse to accept they are on a slippery slope, and will become very defensive if anybody tries to discuss their well-being. Professional intervention may be the best option for families during this phase.
Addicts become depressed, and during bouts of depression they start thinking about using again. They will refuse any offers of help and will stop going to any recovery groups they may have joined. The denial disappears suddenly and they realize how critical the situation has become, but they feel they are beyond help. Depression is accompanied by despair, and they feel they are limited to either relapsing, going crazy or committing suicide. They begin to make plans to relapse.
Physical relapse occurs when addicts start taking drugs or drinking again.
This therapy works to the extent that almost half of those people who have had therapy have remained drug or alcohol-free. Of those who have unfortunately relapsed, the ones who received treatment lasted 40 percent longer on average before going back to drugs or alcohol.
Most people will understand that intensive therapy is required in the period immediately after quitting if addicts are to have a good shot at staying clean and sober. Drug Treatment St. Petersburg can help you find intense relapse prevention treatment at residential facilities. People who may have been sober for some time, but feel they are slipping back towards a relapse should seek help immediately. They can also benefit most from residential treatment. Call today at (727) 362-4547 to get started.