Safe Haven Recovery provides all clients with personalized relapse prevention therapy. Conversely, there is no cure for chronic illnesses so occasional recurrences of symptoms are normal. However, the idea is to minimize both the frequency and severity of relapse. Furthermore, the goal is prevention of them entirely by early detection and preventive strategies. In fact, this is one of the main strategies of the Florida drug rehab model.
The initial part of relapse prevention is identification of specific factors that may trigger an individual’s old behavior. As such, our Florida addiction treatment therapists provide the tools and techniques to recognize and cope with those triggers. In many instances, triggers may vary from exceptionally mild to severe.
Relapse is almost never an “ad-hoc” occurrence. In fact, it begins long before the actual drinking or drugging event. Which is why relapse is called a process. For example, there usually is a series of events that will in due course push a person over the edge and relapse.
From work stress to personal issues, that feel overwhelming, there are many reasons that can contribute to a relapse. Encountering triggers while you are in treatment are more easily managed in a supervised treatment center environment. However, once clients return to their communities, it becomes more problematic unless we “arm” them with relapse prevention tools. Furthermore, understanding what the direct cause of relapse is helpful not only in understanding relapse prevention, but putting it into action.
Since relapse is a process and not an incident, it makes sense that there are cautioning signs along the way in the process. Relapse occurs in three stages: emotional, mental, and physical. As the relapse process continues, it gets more difficult to turn back to stop the relapse from gaining energy and reaching the physical event of drinking or using drugs. It’s significant to understand and identify the signs associated with each stage of relapse in order to put into place a tangible relapse prevention system.
Society is finally moving away from seeing addiction as a character defect, single choice, and human weakness and toward understanding it as a genuine medical illness. While medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is nothing new, it has been underutilized for decades. However, in recent years, it has gained steam as the relapse and overdose fatality rates continue to rise amid the opioid crises. One of the reasons Suboxone / Subutex is being used to treat opioid addiction is it statistically reduces relapse rates. Specifically, clients under medication assisted treatment care have far greater positive outcomes than clients in abstinence only based programs. Furthermore, the use of buprenorphine has given people struggling with opioid addiction a new, more efficient relapse prevention medication that can be used privately under medical supervision.