Find out how our drug and alcohol relapse prevention program helps keep patients on the recovery path.
The Reality of Addiction Relapse
When someone completes drug and alcohol addiction treatment, their chances of relapse are significantly higher than expected. Substance abuse treatment is often the first step into a long journey of recovery. Many types of treatment, including intensive outpatient treatment, incorporate relapse prevention as part of the program.
Understanding Relapse Rates
The relapse rate amongst recovering addicts and alcoholics who cease treatment immediately after inpatient drug rehab is significantly higher than those who continue with a long-term addiction treatment program—almost 60 percent of those who complete treatment relapse within the first year of sobriety. Relapse prevention programs offer a structure to help prevent this and guide them in the early recovery days.
Relapse Prevention Courses
At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we incorporate extensive and detailed relapse prevention courses and education into our drug treatment program. As part of a continued aftercare plan, we firmly believe that relapse prevention is essential to maintain and meaningful recovery.
During drug rehab, we introduce our patients to the 12-step method while they are in treatment, familiarizing them with the literature and the program’s basic structure in general. We also provide transportation to and from local 12-step and Smart Recovery meetings, allowing them to become further acquainted with the recovery program they will be expected to participate in and encourage them to develop meaningful relationships with others in recovery. This community integration component allows for positive peer support systems to be built while in primary treatment.
We recommend that all of our patients remain involved with some addiction recovery program immediately following their graduation from inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment. This involvement typically comes in integrated participation in a 12-step program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), or other similarly structured 12-step fellowships.
The Stages of Relapse
Relapse is a gradual process of several stages (emotional, mental, and physical) that ends with the individual engaging in using a substance. Relapse prevention aims to help the individual recognize the earlier stages of relapse and develop coping skills to prevent a possible relapse.
Addiction is much like other chronic diseases because 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 himself or herself from relapse.
Preventative Relapse Measures
While most inpatient rehab programs go over relapse prevention mechanisms, they don’t incorporate continuum care. After completing rehab, patients still need support to transition to the next phase of their recovery journey. Relapse prevention programs are often known as aftercare programs incorporated into intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) or outpatient programs.
Overall, these programs are designed to give recovering addicts a sense of structure as they navigate back to their daily lives. Usually, these programs integrate various therapies and alternative treatments that can help people maintain their sobriety. It often involves family therapy, group therapy, and individual counseling to help look at the recovery journey from every possible angle.
Participation in our specially designed relapse prevention courses is mandatory for all of our patients. Adherence to the personally designed program of aftercare, our clinical team develops for each 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 to continue in their recovery in a sober and supportive environment. This is a significant component of early recovery. 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 significant component of overall relapse prevention and long-term sobriety.
Who Can Participate?
Initially, anyone who completes a drug rehab program is encouraged to continue their care through a relapse prevention program. However, besides the recovering addict, their family members, close friends, and loved ones should be part of this process.
Support is paramount for addiction recovery, and when the whole family participates in relapse prevention programs, it’s easier for everyone to recognize the warning signs of relapse. Finally, education is paramount for long-term recovery, and these programs can help mend dysfunctional family relationships that could interfere with the recovery process.
Will Insurance Cover Relapse Prevention?
In most cases, relapse prevention is part of many long-term addiction programs. In this case, insurance policies will often cover some or all of the costs associated with treatment. However, no two insurance policies are alike.
Before you enroll in an aftercare or long-term relapse prevention program, it’s paramount that you verify your insurance coverage. Or, discuss finance options with your treatment center to ensure you can receive the quality of care you need.
We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.