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 Treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on working with clients to identify negative thought patterns and beliefs that cause destructive or detrimental behaviors. Studies have shown that the way people perceive reality can have a significant impact on their actions and overall well-being. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy empowers clients by teaching them they are capable of changing their world by changing the way they interpret it.

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Addiction

When applied to the recovery process, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has shown to be an effective way of helping clients understand the changes they need to make within themselves in order to live a sober lifestyle. A person struggling with addiction may have negative feelings about themselves and suffer from low self-esteem which can further exacerbate their addiction. They may also have a distorted perception of reality stemming from a dysfunctional upbringing. CBT addresses these harmful beliefs and allows client practice new coping skills.

For example, many clients will romanticize their drug and alcohol use, recalling only the good times. Because they forget the devastation and pain that their drug use caused, they become vulnerable to relapse. Or they may falsely believe that they need drugs to function or have fun. By teaching clients to focus on the reality of their addiction and how it caused them to hurt both the ones they loved and themselves, they can remain committed to their recovery. By pointing out the inconsistencies and lack of evidence backing harmful beliefs, clients are able to formulate new beliefs.

There is a Solution is a rehab placement service that specializes in finding people appropriate drug and alcohol treatment for their needs. The facilities in our network offer a variety of progressive therapies that utilize evidence based methods to best help their clients begin the recovery process.

The drug rehab centers we work with offer diverse treatment options and levels of care. Regardless of your needs, we can a place in a treatment center that is right for you. We work with detox clinics, inpatient treatment centers, partial hospitalization programs (PHP), intensive outpatient programs and sober living homes.

The biggest mistake a person can make is to wait for things to get worse. Start taking the steps that could save your life and pick up the phone today. Our caring staff is available 24/7 to take your calls and help you begin the recovery process. Call us today at 1-800-832-5250.