Recovery aftercare is almost as important as rehab treatment. People who are addicted to drugs or alcohol should have a strong support system and the life skills needed to stay sober.
Relapse prevention can keep addicts from returning to their former drug use by offering these necessary resources. To find programs that offer this service, call Drug Treatment Centers Great Neck at (516) 283-5681.
Recovering individuals face the ongoing risk of relapse after addiction detox. The odds for long-term recovery can be daunting: Research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that about 60 percent of recovering substance abusers will relapse at some point. For some substances of abuse, the risk of relapse is even greater. Studies have shown that 75 to 80 percent of recovering alcoholics will relapse within their first two years of sobriety.
After detox, it’s important to complete a comprehensive treatment program that emphasizes relapse prevention and behavioral modification. Group counseling and individual therapy can help recovering individuals develop coping skills to handle the triggers that could tempt them to use again. Support groups can provide valuable motivation for individuals working toward long-term sobriety, and they allow participants to interact with other people who have handled similar challenges.
There are a number of signs that indicate that an addict is thinking about using drugs or alcohol again. Friends and family should be aware of these signs so that they can encourage the addict to get back into treatment. Knowing the signs that come before an addict uses again is also a helpful tool for relapse prevention.
These are general signs that a person you love could be contemplating using drugs or alcohol again, but each case will vary. It is important to make sure that addicts always have a place to turn when they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. These are the moments in which a person is most likely to relapse.
If an addict has a lapse (i.e., uses drugs or alcohol once), this does not mean that they have relapsed. Many addicts lapse and snap back into reality before slipping further into drug use. Even those who have completely returned to their former lifestyle of substance abuse can still find help if they are willing. The important thing to remember is that no matter what the circumstance, if an addict wants to be sober, they must either be in treatment or stick to their aftercare plan.