A relapse is when you begin to use illicit substances again, abuse drugs or alcohol, and partake in some of the same risky behaviors you previously engaged in as a result of your addiction before you started walking the path toward lifelong recovery. Because relapses are all too common during a person’s recovery, relapse prevention is essential to your long-term success, physical and mental health, and emotional well-being. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a professional relapse prevention program is “a collection of interdependent techniques which are intended to enhance self-control.” If someone you love could benefit from a proactive approach to recovery, If you would like to learn more about relapse prevention therapy through a Greater Boston Addiction Center aftercare program, contact us online or call 877.920.6583 today.

What Is a Relapse Prevention Program

relapse preventionA relapse prevention program teaches someone with a substance use disorder self-regulation and coping skills. These skills will help them identify the early signs of a relapse and assist in better understanding their own thinking. Addiction triggers and different emotional states, and the impact a mindset has on whether a person relapses or maintains sobriety.

Preventing relapse after finishing detox can be accomplished with professional relapse prevention, like the aftercare program at Greater Boston Addiction Centers. It is designed to positively alter your behavior, change your patterns of thought, and proactively anticipate the environments, situations, and situations individuals associated with your addiction.

During relapse prevention, you will:

  • Learn essential coping skills
  • Understand the stages and consequences of a relapse
  • Make positive changes to your lifestyle

It is important that you learn how to identify high-risk situations and then react to them safely to continue living sober. Furthermore, by tweaking your lifestyle, you will be making wiser decisions and naturally avoiding not only the substances themselves but also the old temptations, scenarios, and groups, and individual people that once played a negative role in your life.

As you enter into and move through a relapse prevention program, you will gradually become better equipped to manage addiction in a healthy way. You will also learn how to steer clear of and safely address the different underlying factors of your drug and alcohol addiction.

Relapse prevention through an aftercare program will enhance your positive momentum during recovery and expand upon the gains you made in rehab and during addiction treatment.

Learn Coping Skills in Rehab; Apply them in Sober Living

An advantage of professional relapse prevention therapy is the ability to acquire the essential coping skills that help you find success with your long-term recovery. You’ll be taught to confront the various thoughts, feelings, places, people, and memories that could trigger a relapse. Additionally, you will be armed with the skills you need to cope with these potentially harmful feelings. With the right set of coping skills in your toolbox, learned and reinforced during an aftercare program, you will be better equipped to prevent relapse. Join us in the following programs:

A Changed Lifestyle

The harmful toxins have been removed from your system through medical detox, but there could be other toxins in your home, work, or sober living environment that must also be eliminated to prevent a relapse. Changing your lifestyle is a massive step toward long-term recovery. This could be accomplished by cutting ties with toxic individuals, drawing on a more supportive circle of friends who care about you and your well-being, and finding constructive hobbies on which to focus your time and energy. You may even want to change the kind of work that you do if that work causes some of the stresses that aided your addiction.

Learn More at Greater Boston Addiction Centers

Learn how relapse prevention therapy at Greater Boston Addiction Centers can help to reshape the rest of your life. Contact us using our secure online form or call us confidentially at 877.920.6583 today.