Drug and Alcohol Relapse Prevention

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Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Recovery from drug addiction and alcohol is a lifelong journey comprised of continuous healing and self-discovery – one that begins with the decision to seek help and one that must be unremittingly endured if the disease of addiction is to be kept in remission. Individuals may have attempted to stop using on their own, unsuccessfully, several times prior to seeking inpatient or outpatient treatment for their substance use disorder.

Relapse Prevention and Avoiding Relapse Triggers

The Rate of Relapse

The rate of relapse amongst recovering addicts and alcoholics who cease treatment immediately after completing inpatient drug rehab is significantly higher than those who continue on with a program of long-term addiction treatment.

Relapse Prevention Courses

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we do incorporate extensive and detailed relapse prevention courses and education into our drug treatment program, and strongly believe that relapse prevention, as part of a continued aftercare plan, is essential to maintained and meaningful recovery.

12-Step Programs

We recommend that all of our patients remain involved with some program of addiction recovery immediately following their graduation from inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment. This involvement typically comes in the form of integrated participation in a 12-step program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or any other similarly structured 12-step fellowship.

Community Integration

During drug rehab, we introduce our patients to the 12-step method while they are in treatment, familiarizing them with the literature and the basic structure of the program in general. We also provide transportation to and from local 12-step and Smart Recovery meetings, allowing them to become further acquainted with the program of recovery they will be expected to participate in and to encourage them to develop meaningful relationships with others in recovery. This community integration component allows for the formation of positive peer support systems to be built while in primary treatment.

The Stages of Relapse

Relapse is a gradual process of several stages (emotional, mental, and physical) that ends with the individual engaging in the use of a substance. Relapse prevention aims to help the individual recognize the earlier stages of relapse and to develop coping skills to aid in the prevention of a possible relapse.

Addiction is much like other chronic diseases in the sense that its symptoms can go into remission – and that relapse is almost inevitable if an individual does not have the skills and support to ensure continued recovery as a part of their daily life.

While treatment will vary from individual to individual, the basic recipe for continued success in sobriety remains the same. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we focus on the many ways in which a recovering addict can protect him or herself from relapse.

The two most crucial preventative measures we encourage and support are integrated aspects of our addiction treatment center programming. Participation in our specially designed relapse prevention courses is required for all of our patients. Adherence to the personally designed program of aftercare our clinical team develops for each individual patient and their family.

Another crucial aspect of relapse prevention is the immediate transition to a sober living facility or recovery residence following inpatient treatment or outpatient drug rehab. The focus is on separating the resident from their previous substance-abusing environment so that they can continue in their recovery in a sober and supportive environment. This is a significant component of early recovery, as the structure will allow the newly sober addict to successfully transition back into society and personal freedom while receiving adequate guidance and accountability. We will recommend a patient to attend one of the several reliable and reputable sober livings and accredited recovery residences within our network based on his or her specific needs and preferences. Attending a sober living facility immediately after graduating from our inpatient treatment center or outpatient program is a major component of overall relapse prevention and long-term sobriety.


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