Addiction recovery takes time and rarely follows a simple, straight path. Rather, many people face obstacles, including relapse, along this journey. A core component of a successful addiction treatment program is to reduce the risk of relapse occurring. Relapse prevention therapy is one of the most effective ways to prevent a relapse. At Rockland Recovery, we offer comprehensive support to prevent and treat relapse in recovery, including sober living homes.
What Is Relapse Prevention Therapy?
Relapse prevention therapy is the process of creating strategies to minimize the risk of relapsing. The recurrence of addictive behavior after treatment is somewhat common, and while it does not mean a failure of treatment, it does require more attention and comprehensive care.
Relapse prevention therapy, also known as RPT, is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Its goal is to prevent relapse from occurring by teaching a person to anticipate and prepare for situations where they could be at a higher risk. The key here is to help people have a strategy to follow to get help if they are faced with a risk of use to avoid negative outcomes.
What Can Relapse Prevention Therapy Offer?
There are many components to this type of therapy, including:
- A person learns that some feelings are likely to lead them to relapse, such as fear, anxiety, and anger.
- People learn to recognize the common situations that lead to relapse, such as bored, lonely, tired, or hungry.
- Triggers are identified. This includes people, places, or even things that bring back emotions associated with using drugs or alcohol.
- Recognizing these risks, it is then possible to create a plan to work against them, such as recognizing negative thought patterns so that they can comprehensively make a change in outcome.
- It also means developing strategies to avoid the onset of triggers, including simply avoiding high-risk areas.
This is just a simplistic breakdown of what occurs in relapse prevention therapy at Rockland Recovery. Yet, it is designed to create real, actionable steps a person can take when faced with high-risk situations.
Why Is a Relapse Prevention Therapy Program So Valuable?
Negative factors like stress and pressure from other people can happen during recovery to anyone. It’s never possible to eliminate all risks of stressors and triggers. Yet, with this type of plan available, a person may be able to avoid the worst outcome, enabling them to stick with addiction recovery even through the hardest times of their life.
In addiction recovery, there is no way to limit risk exposure. If relapse after addiction treatment happens, it does not signal a failure or a reason to give up. Rather, it is an opportunity to invest more heavily in therapy through addiction therapies or steps.
Preventing Relapse in Recovery Starts with Proper Care
The goal at Rockland Recovery is always to provide the best level of support available to minimize the risk of relapse. Some of the programs and therapies we offer that enable this include:
- Men’s rehab program
- Women’s rehab program
- Partial hospitalization programs
- Intensive outpatient program
- Sober living programs
Any time a person enters into treatment with us, they are given the tools and resources available to enable full addiction recovery. With ample support and outstanding resources, it becomes possible to create a plan for healing. Relapse does not have to be a component of your path towards full recovery.
Prevent Relapses with Help from Rockland Recovery
Rockland Recovery provides a range of therapy to enable each person to live their best life to the fullest. That includes relapse prevention therapy. Learn more about the work we do and how we can help you when you call 855.732.4842 or connect with us online today.