Addiction is a life-long condition; there is no “cure.” However, a drug or alcohol addiction can be managed with proper aftercare and constant vigilance. Relapse prevention is an important part of recovery because it gives addicts coping mechanisms and resources to combat the stresses and temptations outside of rehab. With proper aftercare, the chances of an addict staying sober are more than doubled.
If you have a loved one who has struggled with addiction in the past or does so now, call Drug Treatment Centers Homestead for free relapse prevention program advice. Dial (786) 752-3472 to speak with our experts immediately.
In more than half of all cases of addiction, patients gravitate towards drugs or alcohol because of an existing mental condition such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or depression. Sometimes, the existing condition is another addiction — an eating disorder or a gambling disorder.
It is established science today that rehab centers need to evaluate each patient for possible co-existing mental conditions while offering treatment for an addiction. Treating pre-existing mental conditions is important because these conditions are often the primary reason patients take to substance abuse to begin.
When these conditions are left untreated, patients can come out of medical detox clean, but quickly slide back into their old ways. If you’re taking a loved one to rehab, you should make sure that they use the dual diagnosis approach to treating all addictions.
Recovery aftercare teaches patients the following mental skills to help them resist their urges:
Mindfulness: A form of cognitive behavioral therapy, training in mindfulness helps patients look inward, and gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts and emotions. Over time, patients are able to understand their motivations as they feel the urge to return to drugs. The more understanding there is, the more self-control the patient is able to achieve.
Visualization: During relapse, patients tend to develop a form of memory loss to do with drug abuse and its seriousness. Their minds simply focus on the immediate pleasure of drug use. With visualization training, though, patients learn to logically think their desire to take drugs through to the end. They take their time visualizing in detail how drug use can disrupt their lives, and cause them to lose everything. When done enough times and in great enough detail, the imagery begins to make a difference.
The value of telling the truth: Substance abuse often goes as far as it does simply because patients become adept at hiding the truth from their friends and family. Relapse prevention training, then, places a lot of importance on the value of telling the truth. The less a patient hides, the less he gets away with.
Since recovery aftercare is a long-term therapy program that is difficult to run and requires a great deal of expertise. Find a rehabilitation center that offers an effective relapse prevention program today. Contact Drug Treatment Centers Homestead at (786) 752-3472 for free, professional advice.