How to Avoid Relapsing in Early Sobriety

While inpatient treatment has saved the lives of countless addicts, there are many that complete a 30 day treatment program only to return home and pick up where they left off. Most addictions professionals will strongly urge addicts and alcoholics to remain in some type of sober environment for 3 months to a year. To return home too soon to old people, places and things and stressful or toxic situations can often prove to be too overwhelming. Even people determined to stay sober can find themselves returning to drugs and alcohol.

 

There are the basic steps to follow that you hear over and over again that are designed to help you avoid relapsing in early sobreity. Attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Get a sponsor. Work the 12 Steps. But for some this may not be enough. Those with more urgent underlying issues, such as trauma or mental illness, may need continued therapeutic support. Also, chronic relapsers who have made multiple attempts to stay sober before often need to take advantage of every recovery resource that is available to them. This includes sober housing and outpatient treatment.

 

Sober housing—also referred to as sober living, halfway houses and transitional living—is a place where individuals in early recovery live together and follow certain rules. Generally, you will pay a weekly amount that includes rent and utilities. A house manager is responsible for making sure residents follow the house guidelines and attend meetings on a regular basis. Residents are drug tested to ensure a sober environment. Sober houses encourage a strong sense of community and many enjoy the time they spend at these houses and recognize is an opportunity to focus on their sobriety.

 

Outpatient treatment is another way to avoid relapsing in early sobriety. To go from 24/7 care and supervision at an inpatient treatment center to being back on your own can disorienting. Many find that a proper aftercare plan can help them stay connected and accountable during early recovery. Ongoing counseling and relapse prevention groups help clients deal with the changes that come with sobriety and handle stress and the ups and downs associated with the first few months of recovery.

 

There is a Solution is a free service that helps men and women at varying stages of recovery. We connect you with the help you need, whether its detox, inpatient, outpatient or sober housing.

 

To learn more about how we can help you or your loved one, call us today at 1-800-832-5250. 

 

Drug Relapse Prevention

Getting sober is the first step—and it is in itself a tremendous accomplishment. However, staying sober takes work and for those without a strong support network, it can be more difficult than it has to be. Drug relapse prevention is an important part of achieving long-term sobriety. For many addicts and alcoholics in recovery, they find that long term outpatient care along with sober living has played a key role in their ability to stay sober.

Outpatient treatment programs teach clients how to adjust to working and living without the use of drugs and alcohol. Leaving the safe and controlled environment of residential drug treatment should be a gradual transitional process to avoid feeling intimidated or overwhelmed. Outpatient treatment and sober living can help ease this transition while emphasizing relapse prevention.

The concept of preventing relapse is often talked about, but it is important to connect it to actual behaviors and actions that you can take each day to secure your sobriety. Drug relapse prevention includes:

  • Avoiding situations or people that may act as triggers

You’ve heard it before—people, places and things. Of course the truth is even when we are trying to stay away from triggers, sometimes life just happens. Drug relapse prevention groups stress how to avoid these things and what to do when you can’t.

  • Stress relief techniques

Before, you got stressed out and you took a pill, a hit or a drink. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress—and any emotion really—is a huge part of being successful in your sobriety.

  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment

For those with a co-occurring disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD or panic disorder, it is imperative that they continue to receive treatment for both illnesses.

  • Life and job skills training

For some of us, we spent years drinking and using. Everything in our life revolved around our addiction. Throughout the years, we struggled with employment, going to school and even just taking care of daily responsibilities. It was good to have someone there to walk us through the process of rebuilding our lives.

  • Growing your network of support

Go to meetings. Get numbers. Get a Sponsor.

  • Teaching accountability

Thinking to yourself that you should do something is different that stating out loud in a room full of people that you are actually going to it. It’s part of learning how to suit up and show up.

There is a Solution is a treatment and sober living placement service. We can assist you in finding the relapse prevention services you need to continue on in your recovery journey. Call us today at 1-800-832-5250.