What Does a Relapse Prevention Plan Involve?
Addiction specialists can adjust the relapse prevention model based on different substance abuse problems and individual characteristics. Part of a relapse prevention plan includes the client scheduling future appointments with psychiatrists, therapists, and other professionals involved in ongoing care and support.
Many of Santé Center for Healing residential clients choose to engage in a structured sober living program.
The entire point of the relapse prevention model is to help clients through all stages of relapse prevention. It incorporates both the context in which a relapse could take place and an associated set of cognitive and behavioral strategies to altogether prevent or limit a relapse.
One of the key components is identifying the factors, variables or situations that could precipitate, influence, or contribute to a relapse. Clients realize which environments and situational characteristics are high-risk for personal relapse.
Once they’re identified, the primary therapist and client work together to draft responses in these situations and how to avoid high-risk situations altogether.
In the relapse prevention model, the individual has to commit to their recovery. If they are not willing to do whatever it takes to stay clean, sobriety is not possible. One of the best relapse prevention techniques is to learn how to spot potential triggers and cravings.
Each person has unique triggers that make them want to use again. These triggers may be certain locations where the individual drank at or certain people they used drugs with. Learning how to avoid triggers and handle cravings is important in the relapse prevention model. Relapse prevention techniques may include options like avoidance, managing emotional distress, and dealing with intrusive thoughts.
As part of our mission to provide long-term recovery, including relapse prevention, Santé provides clients with a life-long along alumni program for support, including but not limited to: annual alumni retreats, educational opportunities, spiritual experiences, social adventures, service options, connections, and alumni-based recovery meetings.