The goal of Relapse Prevention therapy is to help a client learn how to identify and effectively manage the core personality and lifestyle issues that can lead to a relapse. Relapse Prevention groups at Covenant Hills are focused on helping you understand the factors that contribute to the urge to use again. Just like every addiction is unique, each person’s relapse prevention plan should differ. With this in mind, there is a consensus among reputable programs what strategies an effective Relapse Prevention plan should incorporate, including:
Our inpatient rehab program includes relapse prevention groups as part of the curriculum. With your personal recovery goals in mind, our counselors will help design a Relapse Prevention Plan that fits in with your life situation.
Terence Gorski, who is one of the leading authorities on recovery and relapse prevention, firmly believes that knowing triggers can help a person prevent a relapse from occurring. The goal of our programs is not only to help clients establish a healthy lifestyle in recovery, but to assist in identifying and addressing triggers that can cause a client to relapse. By utilizing Gorski Relapse Prevention therapy for each client, we can help them learn to identify their stage of recovery and establish a plan that can be used to identify and manage the warning signs of relapse.
By encouraging patients to create a list of their relevant issues, how each issue relates to a possible relapse, considering the consequences of not facing those issues and how to address those issues, clients are prepared to avoid relapse. There are nine steps one must learn to recognize and stop the early symptoms of relapse, including:
Another key part of Gorski’s approach to relapse prevention are coping skills which help eliminate negative thoughts that present themselves in recovery. Recognizing the warning signs of relapse early on allows those in recovery to be informed and ready when triggers appear. Once a patient knows and understands the nine steps that can be used to prevent relapse, they may have the ability to prevent drug abuse relapses from occurring in the future.
To learn more about the importance of a relapse prevention group, or to enroll in one of our Orange County relapse prevention programs, call our nationwide drug & alcohol abuse help line at 800-662-2873 and talk to one of our experienced counselors.