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Relapse Prevention

RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia Relapse Prevention Therapy and CounselingAddiction is a chronic disease of the brain that requires lifelong management to monitor and control just like other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and asthma. Although completing addiction treatment is a significant accomplishment, it is critical to have a comprehensive relapse prevention plan to support sobriety after treatment has ended.

Every patient that walks through our treatment doors and completes rehabilitation will receive a customized relapse prevention program tailored to meet his or her specific needs and challenges. Some of the most valuable resources we provide our clients include addiction support groups, relapse support networks, and relapse prevention education.

Addiction Support Groups

Addiction support groups are highly beneficial to relapse prevention. At a time when you may be feeling isolated by the addiction disease process itself, it is important that you regularly interact other people who are able to recognize your struggles and offer moral support. Benefits of a support group include:

  • Developing positive friendships with individuals who will not encourage drug or alcohol use
  • Gaining assistance with alcohol or drug relapse prevention plans
  • Learning to empower yourself and develop control
  • Reducing stress or depression through appropriate social interactions

Our support groups consist of members with similar addiction struggles, who have completed treatment and together are learning how to handle some of the challenges involved with maintaining long-term sobriety. Our sessions are led by mental health professionals and/or former addicts who have overcome their addiction and are able to provide encouragement, feedback and support to help you prevent a drug or alcohol relapse.

Self-Care And Emotional Support

Relapse prevention is a simple formula: practice self-care, be honest with yourself and others, and share your feelings. By practicing these efforts regularly, you can prevent the early signs of relapse to keep addiction under control long-term. To effectively take care of your emotional, mental, and physical well-being, we set up all of our patients with the following resources:

  • Relapse prevention and self-help groups
  • Positive support network (family members, friends, employers, health care professionals and legal advisors)
  • Actively participate in your ongoing care plans
  • Embrace accountability measures including drug screening as a crucial way to monitor and demonstrate continued abstinence
  • Avoid the temptation of assuming that if you are doing well that you do not need to continue to work your recovery program
  • Practice self-care, including healthy diet, exercise, and sleep
  • Ask for help when you need it

Relapse Prevention Education

Relapse happens gradually, sometimes beginning weeks or even months before you relapse to addiction. Throughout addiction treatment at RiverMend Health Centers, patients will learn the stages of relapse, the early warning signs of relapse, and coping skills to manage stressors and prevent setbacks in the future.

Emotional Relapse is the first stage of relapse, where individuals are not practicing healthy self-care. During this stage, individuals are not even considering drinking or using drugs. Some signs of emotional relapse include isolating oneself, not asking for help, not sharing in group meetings, holding in emotions, irritability, and poor diet and exercise. People who are in emotional relapse for too long will begin to feel insecure and begin to think about using again to escape.

Mental Relapse is the second stage of relapse, characterized by the actual thought of using again. During mental relapse, individuals will think about the people, places, and things once surrounding their addiction, minimize past consequences of relapse, and, most importantly, lying to yourself and others.

Physical Relapse is the actual act of relapse.

Ongoing Care

To prevent relapse, addiction must be treated as a chronic life threatening condition such as hypertension and diabetes. Lifelong addiction management is key. It must receive continuous attention and monitoring for years to come. RiverMend Health Centers offers treatment for up to 5 years, in decreasing doses and based on documented recovery with appropriate drug test results. We continuously assess our treatment plans to ensure maximum success and to prevent relapse.

Get Help For Addiction

If you or someone you know would benefit from our treatments programs, please call us for a free, confidential assessment. Call 844-889-8222 to speak to a RiverMend Health Centers addiction expert. Our compassionate, friendly staff will guide you through a free phone consultation, discuss your treatment options, and schedule an in-person evaluation from an addiction medicine physician.


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