The road to recovery is a long and arduous one with many challenges along the way. You do not have to face these challenges on your own, but you CAN make it with the help and support of others and a proper relapse prevention plan. Experiencing fear, cravings, doubt and even a sense of instability as you go through the recovery process is normal and you are in a caring environment, but what about post-recovery?
A nagging sense of loss, insecurities and the potential danger of a relapse can haunt you long after the recovery process is complete. It is for these reasons that relapse prevention programs are a very important part of the process of overcoming addiction. To learn more about how relapse prevention can help keep you on the road to sobriety, contact Drug Treatment Centers Belleville today at (973) 547-8142.
Once treatment is completed, patients are encouraged to get into 12-step peer recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) to receive continued support and guidance. These meetings also help to foster positive relationships and a sense of community with other recovering addicts. They also provide an ideal opportunity for participants to find their own sponsor, who can help guide them through the tenets of the recovery program and beyond.
Rehabilitation can lead to recovery, but this does not mean that it comes without risk. During recovery, there is always a chance that an addict may encounter a slip. Relapses do happen, but to help ensure that they don’t, addicts must realize that a relapse is not an event but a process that occurs in 3 stages:
During the recovery process a mistake may occur, but this does not mean that the recovery has failed. It does not mean that you do not have the will power to go through recovery. At this point, the best thing to do would be to reach out to a support system including friends, family, or a sponsor. Also, find a facility that can offer relapse prevention and counseling so this event does not occur again.
It’s important to learn and identify any susceptibilities so that they can be overcome in the future. Enrolling into a supportive rehab facility and recommit to sobriety is the next step. Drug rehab facilities know that everyone deserves a second chance in life. In fact, when it comes to those suffering from addictive behavior, they may also need a third, or even a fourth, chance to get back on their feet. Recovery is sometimes a lifelong process, one that can only be accomplished by taking it one day at a time. Relapse prevention is essential in order to be happy and healthy.
After completing treatment, patients have the option of living in a group home or transitioning back into their community. Less restrictive in nature, this phase places the responsibility of sobriety on the client. However, coaches, sponsors and support groups offer ongoing guidance and support to circumvent the urge to relapse.
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