At Drug Treatment Centers Secaucus, we provide our patients with effective relapse prevention strategies that teach them how to avoid triggers and temptations, and how to cope with stress. If you have a loved one who you fear may relapse, all you need to do is to call Drug Treatment Centers Secaucus at (201) 620-9127.
Relapse prevention isn’t necessarily treatment offered to those who appear at risk of relapsing. Rather, it is offered to every person who struggles with an addiction, and accepts rehab treatment.
Relapses aren’t single, instantaneous occurrences; rather, they build up step by step over months. When the brain’s ability to remain functional without artificial stimulants or depressants falters, there are always signs that are easily recognized. With a little training, anyone can tell how well their loved one is doing. If you see a relapse building up, you should rush for an appointment at a drug rehab for prevention help.
Most relapses happen in three distinct stages. Anyone who is familiar with them is able to recognize the signs, and offer help in time.
The emotional stage: As a relapse builds up, patients rarely find themselves preoccupied with thoughts of the pleasures of a drug right away; their bodies and minds, though, do crave the drug on some level — something that shows in their actions. To begin, a certain amount of emotional instability begins to show through. Regular sleep patterns are often lost, and the patient begins to lose interest in a regular diet.
Relapse prevention techniques tend to work best at this stage. In therapy, patients learn how consciously returning to a regular daily schedule can make a world of difference. They also learn that as they pay attention to living full, well-ordered lives, they will quickly begin to feel in control over their situation.
The mental stage: Patients who aren’t lucky enough to catch their relapse at the emotional stage progress to the mental stage. Here, they actually begin to compulsively think about drugs. Their minds play tricks on them, making it easy for them to view their past experiences with drugs in a positive, nostalgic light.
Patients can be pulled back from the brink even once they regress to the mental stage. In therapy, patients learn the techniques to stop seeing drug use in a positive way. One effective technique that they learn is mentally envisioning using drugs, but then going further to see how the scenario plays out — they become addicts, see their lives spin out of control, and lose everything they worked for.
The physical stage: If a relapse is allowed to go on to the physical stage, the patient turns out to be in real danger of returning to drugs or alcohol. In most cases, relapse prevention strategies do not work at this stage; patients need to attend detoxification and rehab.
Relapse prevention is meant for anyone who successfully completes a rehabilitation program. It is a way to make sure that they are never in danger of returning to drug use. Therapists teach them to cope with temptation in these ways:
Patients learn all about every sign and symptom of a relapse so that they may catch them before they gain traction.
Patients learn how to watch out for triggers so that they might stay away from them. They gain insight into the way drugs make the mind think about short-term pleasures, rather than long-term scenarios.
Patients learn the importance of honesty with friends and family when it comes to their drug use. They learn to simply never lie to them.
Patients sign up for individual and group therapy sessions on a regular basis to keep away from drugs.
Drug addiction is a mental disease, and an evidence-based approach is what will provide the best results for recovery. It can take a great deal of expert cognitive behavioral therapy to help patients come out of destructive thinking patterns and to help them internalize new ones. If you’d like to find out how the best prevention programs function, you should get in touch with Drug Treatment Centers Secaucus at (201) 620-9127.
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