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    Relapse Prevention: What You Need To Know

    Relapse Prevention: What You Need To Know

    Working hard with Georgia addiction counselors to achieve sobriety and work toward your overall recovery is a critical part of long-term recovery from any kind of addiction. The next step that you must consider, once you have started on your journey to sobriety, is to learn how to avoid going through a relapse. A recovery center with an intensive outpatient program like RiverMend Health Centers (formerly Georgia Detox and Recovery Centers) will guide you toward a substance-free life by providing tools that will help you continue to recover after your experience in treatment.

    Living a life in recovery is challenging without the support of a treatment program and relapse prevention support. At RiverMend Health Centers (formerly Georgia Detox and Recovery Centers) we offer ongoing relapse prevention groups and weekly aftercare groups to support individuals toward a lifetime of sobriety.

    Relapse Prevention: What You Need to Know
    According to the Matrix Institute in Center City, Minnesota, the drift toward relapse is not sudden and does not happen without warning. You will always need to remain vigilant in your sobriety once you have completed your stay in one of our rehabilitation centers in Georgia.

    Since we now know more than ever before about the nature of addiction, we can treat it more effectively than ever before. Professionals in our Georgia rehabilitation center, as well as professionals around the world, understand addiction more thoroughly than it was during the 20th century. The medical community continues to explore this gripping–often emotionally, mentally and financially crippling disease that affects millions of Americans. Whether with alcohol, opiates, methamphetamines or any other substance, the result is usually the same in that sufferers find themselves alienated from loved ones, wondering how to make their way back to a life worth living and embracing.

    According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 1.4 million adults–age 18 years or older–in the U.S. received adult use disorder (AUD) treatment in 2012 while 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffer from an addiction to opioid pain relievers, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. So take comfort in knowing that you are far from alone in your own struggles to combat this neuroscience-based condition.

    Once you make it through the initial stages of your recovery in one of our Georgia drug treatment centers, like Georgia Detox and Recovery Centers, we want to help you avoid a revolving door type of scenario that may substance abuse sufferers have experienced with previous stays with drug rehabilitation centers in Georgia and elsewhere.

    Keep some of the following ideas in mind when seeking relapse prevention ideas:

    Relapse is a Process, not an Event.
    Similar to the Matrix Institute’s findings, Addictions and Recovery.org reports that there are three stages of relapse of which you should remain mindful, which are emotional, mental and physical. As long as you stay connected with your rehabilitation center you can monitor all three of these conditions and any potential for a relapse. Staying in tune with your recovery is the best way to maintain it.

    Once You Detect a Pull Toward Relapse, Fight to Reverse It.
    If you begin to sense an emotional pull toward returning to your addiction, schedule an extra session with a counselor at one of the many drug rehabs in Georgia or alcohol rehabs in Georgia. Asking for help is a sign of strength when you are recovering from any sort of addiction, and counselors can help and consider it their mission to do so.

    Things You Can Do On Your Own Once You Realize You are In Danger of Relapse.
    Practice self-care, especially knowing that your relapse will hurt you and those you love. Take time to explore your thoughts and forgive yourself for your draw toward a familiar coping device, but do your best to choose your new set of positive coping devices such as practicing yoga or meditation, meeting with your counselor at a GA recovery center, relax and consciously try to find and give yourself positive rewards.

    RiverMend Health Centers (formerly Georgia Detox and Recovery Centers) want to help you thrive in your recovery and avoid relapse, and with the tools you learn in treatment is invaluable.

    Sources:
    http://www.southwestern.org/rc/wp-content/uploads/02Relapse-Prevention.pdf
    http://www.therapistaid.com/therapy-worksheets/substance_use/adults
    http://www.addictionsandrecovery.org/relapse-prevention.htm
    http://www.recovery.org/topics/relapse-prevention/
    http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/testimony-to-congress/2014/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse
    http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics