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.