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How Do I Prevent Relapse?

How Do I Prevent Relapse?

There are many ways to prevent a relapse, which can be discussed at length. In the heat of the moment, when temptation is firing and all rationality has gone out the door, there is only one thing which will prevent a relapse: not picking up a drink or a drug. Some describe relapse as a moment, others describe it as a process which builds over time. Ultimately, a relapse comes down to one moment. Relapse prevention won’t necessarily prevent that moment from happening, when a drug or a drink are in hand. Relapse prevention will, however, dictate what happens in that moment.

Continue Therapy After Treatment

Everyone, including professionals, has something to work in their lives, which is the result of something which happened to them in the past. Even without significant stressors, humans are prone to experiencing their emotions, which isn’t always easy. Almost every day of treatment, professionals undergo some kind of therapy. By the end of their treatment experience, professionals experience a wealth of therapy applications, as well as regular talk therapy with a private therapist. Over the course of many weeks, considerable progress is made. Treatment, however, is just the beginning and is by no means a means to an end. After treatment, it is strongly suggested that professionals continue therapy on a regular basis. Therapy will continue the investigation, processing, and healing which needs to take place in a professional’s life. Ongoing therapy will help enlighten the professional to destructive patterns of behavior in regards to a substance use disorder, as well as any co-occurring disorders.

Join A Recovery Community

Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the first communities supporting recovery and today exists as one of the largest. It is not, however, the only community to join for recovery. Today, there are many options for support in a professional’s life, including a variety of 12-step groups and alternatives to 12-step groups. Participation in recovery groups has been researched. Researchers have found that recovery communities can participate to longevity of sobriety and greater happiness in recovery. Finding fellow professionals or other anonymous individuals who can share in the experience, strength, struggle, and hope of addiction is extremely helpful. A social life is important in recovery, as is the service, commitment, and accountability which comes with these organizations.

If you are faced with relapse, make the decision to put the substance down and walk away. Call in support from a friend, colleague, therapist, mentor, sponsor, family member or whoever can remind you- remind you of how hard you have worked, how far you have come, and how much more there is to live for than using drugs.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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