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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.

The Danger of Relapse

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.

Signs of Relapse

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.

Signs to watch for include:

  • Talking about former drug use or drug-related relationships fondly
  • Isolation, evasiveness, or lying
  • Items or money disappearing from around the home
  • Negative thinking patterns
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Failure to attend meetings

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.

Relapse Treatment Options

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.

Some aftercare options include:

  • Individual/Group Therapy: It can be beneficial for addicts to meet with therapists to vent their frustrations and learn coping mechanisms. Group therapy may include family and friends to mend broken relationships and build trust and honest communication.
  • 12-Step Programs/Group Meetings: 12-Step Programs and meeting groups like Alcoholics Anonymous can provide structure and support that addicts can relate to. These programs focus on positive thinking, moral living, and staying active in recovery.
  • Sober Living Housing: Some addicts find it easier to stay in a regulated sober living facility to make the transition back to living outside of a rehabilitation center. Living in a drug-free and alcohol-free environment surrounded by other people sharing the same experiences can be a positive way for addicts to stay on track.

If you are seeking support for yourself or someone you love in recovery, find relapse prevention aftercare services by calling Drug Treatment Centers Great Neck at (516) 283-5681 .

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