According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 40 to 60 percent of those treated for a substance abuse disorder will relapse. However, a drug addiction doesn't have to be a lifetime sentence. Instead, a person can give themselves the best chance for success through not only receiving drug abuse treatment, but also through participation in relapse prevention in Lubbock.
Relapse prevention or addiction aftercare is a broad term used to describe any program that is designed to prevent a person from returning to drug or alcohol addiction in Lubbock. They are for after a person has stopped using drugs and has withdrawn from the substances. At that time, they are readier to focus on recognizing the many factors that could cause a person to return to drug or alcohol abuse. Examples include stress, exposure to people and places that remind a person of doing drugs, and poor self-care.
Because addiction is a chronic (lasting a lifetime) disease that a person does not necessarily cure, but can manage, relapse prevention in Lubbock is like the medicine that can keep a person off drugs. By actively engaging and maintaining one's sobriety, they are more likely to stay sober.
While in a perfect world, a person would leave drug addiction rehab and never struggle with wanting to use drugs again and never have stress, this simply isn't a realistic view of life. A person will likely be tempted, but there are ways they can develop behaviors that help them more easily resist the urge to return to drugs and alcohol. This is part of the strategy involved in prevention programs. Examples of tools and strategies involved in relapse prevention in Lubbock include:
Avoid High-Risk Situations for Relapse: treatment often employs the cognitive-behavioral therapy treatment (CBT) treatment approach. This approach involves anticipating and identifying potentially dangerous and harmful situations to the individual that may put them at higher risk for relapse. Examples could include avoiding negative emotional states, such as anxiety, depression, frustration, and boredom.
Disassociate from Bad Influences: Some of the greatest temptations to return to drug abuse come not from the person themselves, but from outside influences and so-called "friends." According to a study published in "Alcohol Research & Health," an estimated 20 percent of episodes were attributed to social pressure. Relapse prevention can help a person establish strategies for avoiding people who may subject a person to pressure to return to drug abuse.
Look Out for Warning Signs/Triggers: Sometimes warning signs and triggers of relapse are not as obvious as one would think. Through participation in individual counseling as well as group therapy, a person can identify the earliest signs of relapse and modify their behavior before their symptoms worsen.
Participate in Counseling/12-Step Programs: 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have helped thousands of people across the country become and stay sober. There are any number of support groups available beyond the traditional 12-step approach as well. Finding a network of people who have also struggled with drug abuse and succeeded in becoming sober can provide a person with hope and support as well as foster a belief in their own personal success.
In addition to therapies, relapse prevention programs can focus on services that further support a person's sobriety. These addiction relapse prevention services can include:
Sober-Living Homes: These are shared homes where individuals can often come and go as they please (some homes may have curfews), but they are all required to remain sober and contribute to chores and housework. Sober-living homes are especially beneficial to those who may not have a safe place to go home to or who have family members who continue to abuse drugs.
Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Meetings: These meetings are routinely offered on a local or even online basis to help a person develop further belief in themselves and their sobriety.
Outpatient Treatment: This can include counseling and family therapy to further foster a positive home environment after a person has left drug rehab.
Inpatient Rehab in Lubbock: a more controlled environment and careful surveillance may be necessary for those without a safe home or more serious conditions.
Just as sobriety is a daily practice, so is relapse prevention. According to the book "Relapse Prevention," staying sober is not unlike learning to ride a bicycle. A person can expect to fall, make adjustments, and get back up again. Ultimately, through relapse prevention in Lubbock, a person can make relapse prevention feel like a natural part of life. For information about our programs call Lubbock Drug Rehab Centers at (806) 290-9867.