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Relapse Prevention Programs in Fairfield, CT (203) 242-8259

While relapse cannot be prevented in 100 percent of patients, having a solid prevention plan offers people who are drug-free the highest chance of success. Relapse prevention offers addicts effective coping skills and action plans that can be used in real-life situations following treatment. Relapse prevention incorporates a variety of elements such as learned behavioral modification, avoidance of high-risk situations, continued therapy and participation in self-help groups.

For a peaceful recovery, call Drug Rehab Centers Fairfield relapse prevention centers at (203) 242-8259.

What is Relapse?

When a person who has been drug free for a long or short period of time returns to drug use or alcohol use, relapse has occurred. It is vital that this person receives relapse prevention as possible, before a physical addiction or overdose occurs.

When a person has not used narcotics for an extended period of time, he or she no longer has a tolerance to the drug. However, many addicts leave recovery and take the same amount of narcotics as before, which can result in overdose, as the body is no longer dependent on the drug.

Statistics

It is not uncommon for people who use drugs or alcohol to revert to drug use. Some types of narcotics, such as meth, have a relapse rate that is over 90 percent. The national average rate of reversion to drug use falls somewhere between 40 and 60 percent, depending on location and type of narcotic. Addicts may return to narcotics at any point in their lifetime following recovery.

Stages of Reversion

Relapse does not occur in one stage. There are warning signs that indicate a person is on the path to returning to drug use. Normally, this occurs in three stages. It is vital for the addict and the addict’s family members to be aware of the warning signs associated with returning to drug use.

  • Emotional – During this stage an individual has not done drugs and they are not actively thinking about it, but they are experiencing unhealthy emotions. Signs include: being defensive, feeling angry, anxious or isolated.
  • Mental – This stage begins when an addict begins actively considering drug use. Part of them wants to use but part of them wants to stay clean. Signs include: planning to use, thinking about using and hanging out with friends who use.
  • Physical – During this stage a person is actively looking for or doing drugs. Signs include: drinking or doing drugs, going to a liquor store or bar, or driving to a dealer. People in this stage may show physical changes, be secretive or lie.

Purpose of Relapse Prevention

The primary purpose of this type of drug and alcohol treatment program is to provide addicts with real-life coping skills and plans of action, should a high-risk or trigger situation occur. Education and information on how to handle these types of situations provide an effective way of preventing reversion to narcotic use.

However, addicts also require direction as to what action should be taken, should negative behaviors or thoughts that lead to addiction occur. Studies show that the six months following drug treatment are one of the most dangerous times for addicts in regard to resuming substance abuse.

The main relapse prevention techniques include behavioral therapy, individual or group counseling, 12-step or non-faith based 12-step programs. Other techniques include:

  • Relaxation techniques – deep breathing, music, yoga, exercise
  • Self-care – eating and sleeping properly, avoiding stress, taking care of mind, body and spiritual needs
  • Distraction – do anything to change the direction of thoughts: a 12-step meeting or sponsor

Call Drug Rehab Centers Fairfield today at (203) 242-8259 to find out more about available programs.

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