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For many of those in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, relapse after a time of sobriety can be a frightening prospect. A relapse involves returning to drug or alcohol use after spending time sober. Relapse involves more than just one-time uses. They represent a shift in someone’s thought processes and can indicate that other issues are going on beneath the surface. However, a relapse is not a failure. Instead, it can be viewed as a sign that the individual in recovery simply needs to improve their coping skills and potentially return to treatment. Relapse prevention therapy is one tool that can be used to help those in recovery develop strong coping skills for the future.

At Coalition Recovery, we offer relapse prevention therapy as just one part of our comprehensive treatment plans. Learn more about our addiction treatment therapies by contacting our admissions team today at 888.707.2873.

What Is Relapse Prevention Therapy?relapse prevention therapy

Relapse prevention therapy is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. This approach to treatment helps participants understand their patterns of thought and behavior and make adjustments that promote better long-term outcomes. 

During sessions with a therapist, clients work to anticipate the things that might trigger them to relapse. Some of these warning signs might include:

  • Stressful situations
  • Certain people or places
  • Being in the presence of drugs or alcohol
  • Chronic pain

The specific triggers for relapse will vary from person to person. However, the goal of relapse prevention therapy is to help clients develop coping skills that they can use when faced with these triggers and warning signs.

Creating a Plan to Avoid Relapse

After identifying these triggers for relapse, clients and therapists work together to create a plan. While avoiding relapse triggers is the best way to prevent relapse, having a plan to fall back on when triggers are unavoidable is essential.

It can take time to develop healthy coping skills. These might include outlets for stress, such as exercise or meditation. Other coping skills might include having a plan for who to call when tempted to relapse. Therapy sessions are an ideal time to work through the positives and negatives of different plans and come up with something that suits each individual.

What to Do After a Relapse

Relapse isn’t a necessary part of the journey to recovery, but it can happen to as many as 50% of those working to overcome drug or alcohol addiction. While preventing relapse is the primary goal of this type of therapy, it’s important for clients to also understand the role that relapse can play.

Using drugs or alcohol again after a period of sobriety doesn’t need to be seen as a failure. Instead, in relapse prevention therapy, clients will learn how to reframe these lapses as steps on the road to recovery. Lapses can be signs that the individual needs to spend more time in treatment, needs to develop different coping skills, or needs more support.

If you or a loved one has relapsed, contact our treatment center today. We’ll help you get back on track.

Reach Out to Coalition Recovery Today

Learn more about relapse prevention therapy as well as our other addiction treatment therapies by contacting Coalition Recovery today. In our addiction treatment center, we create personalized treatment plans for every individual in our care. Some of our addiction treatment programs include:

Whether you’re reaching out to our admissions team for yourself or for a loved one, our team can help you access the care you need. Discover how to prevent relapse at Coalition Recovery.

Call us at 888.707.2873 or reach out online today to begin your journey to recovery.