Relapse Prevention in Kissimmee FL 321-697-7113

One of the most important aspects of maintaining sobriety is a good support system. Relapse prevention programs, or aftercare programs, aim to give newly sober addicts the strategies and support systems they need to stay off of drugs and alcohol. To find a program with aftercare resources and continued therapy, call Drug Treatment Centers Kissimmee at (321) 697-7113.

Recognizing When Relapse is Imminent

A relapse occurs when a person takes an addictive substance again after attempting to quit. This can happen at any time, even before detoxification is completed.

In the majority of cases, addicts will go through a series of relapse stages before actually taking the addictive substance again. Family members should look out for signs, and confront the addict, who should be advised to immediately seek professional support.

  1. Return of denial – the addict has problems dealing with his or her feelings. This is often referred to as emotional relapse, because addicts turn to abusive substances to help them cope emotionally.
  2. Defensive behavior – the defensiveness manifests itself when discussing the addict’s well-being.
  3. Crisis growth – the addict is struggling to cope. He or she feels that for every problem solved, two new ones crop up.
  4. Lethargy – the addict essentially gives up trying to live an active life, and has feelings of hopelessness.
  5. Emotional tension – the addict is often irritable and confused, and prone to outbursts of anger.
  6. Depression – the addict will have difficulty doing normal, routine things, including going to work. Mental relapse occurs, wherein the addict starts to think about using alcohol or drugs to lift the depression.
  7. Loss of behavioral control – Denial, depression and the sense of hopelessness have increased, and the addict cannot behave normally. He or she will start rejecting help options, and will stop attending support sessions. Being still in denial, the addict will defend these actions by convincing him- or herself that he or she does not care.
  8. Acceptance of loss of control – denial disappears suddenly, and the addict realizes how serious the situation is, but believes there is nowhere to turn for support.
  9. Lack of options – the addict decides there are just three ways to cope:
    • a) Take alcohol or drugs
    • b) Go insane
    • c) Commit suicide.

10. Physical relapse – the addict begins to use the addictive substance again.

Treatment

An addict who has resumed using will feel a great deal of guilt and shame. His or her loved ones will feel disappointed. However, relapses should not be seen as failures, but rather as temporary setbacks. Many addicts who have been clean of addictive substances for decades had one or more relapses beforehand.

After the addict goes through detox again, treatment needs to reinforce positive actions and positive thoughts and get the addict focused on more serious lifestyle changes. The thoughts and events that led up to their drug or alcohol use will be analyzed and addressed.

Addicts will be encouraged to join support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). The 12-point program endorsed by these organizations is proven in its effectiveness. Additionally, addicts benefit from the knowledge that they are not alone.

Relapse rates are almost 100% without professional intervention. Seek treatment that has a detailed aftercare and continuing therapy support system. To learn more, call Drug Treatment Centers Kissimmee at (321) 697-7113.

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