Relapse Prevention in Cincinnati
Individualized Treatment for Drug & Alcohol Addiction
Relapse is complex and is perhaps the biggest obstacle you can face once you receive initial treatment for your alcohol or drug addiction. Recovery isn’t complete once your body is rid of toxins; it’s a lifelong journey that will come with many temptations to fall back into addiction. Though relapse is fairly common, it can be more difficult to stop using alcohol or drugs again, especially without the tools therapy can provide. This is why Cedar Oaks Wellness Center offers relapse prevention resources for clients in addition to our treatment programs and therapies in Cincinnati. Our team wants to prepare clients for successful futures by equipping them with healthy coping methods and helping them understand their triggers.
What is Relapse?
Just as people recovering from chronic illnesses can experience a recurrence, people recovering from addiction can fall back into abusing drugs or alcohol after completing their treatment. Relapse can happen anywhere at any time, from a few weeks after treatment to even years later. It’s also common – according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, around 40 to 60 percent of people with past drug addictions eventually relapse.
There are three stages of relapse to be aware of, and the process can begin weeks and even months before a person physically decided to drink or use drugs. These stages include:
- Emotional relapse: In this initial stage you haven’t yet thought about using alcohol or drugs, but your behaviors are slowly preparing you for relapse. You may be repressing your emotions and feel anxious, and you may also be isolating yourself from loved ones.
- Mental relapse: In this second stage you realize that a part of you wants to use alcohol or drugs again, and you may be thinking of all the good memories and feelings associated with being on drugs. Many people feel at war with themselves during this stage as they consider whether to use again.
- Physical relapse: In this final stage, you begin using again. One drink, pill, or injection will start easing you back into regular use and maybe even addiction.
There are also two main types of relapse. One that most people are familiar with is a full relapse, which occurs when people go out on a “bender” or session and later return to treatment. The other is known as a “slip,” which involves people using a small amount of alcohol or drug and then stopping. When a former addict begins using drugs and regains their addiction, it’s no longer a relapse.
Why Do People Relapse?
When people go through therapy in their treatment programs, they’re not blank slates again – at least, not according to their brains. Because addiction changes the way your brain functions, it will take time for your brain function to return to a more “normal” way of working. During this time, the risk of relapse is higher.
There are various feelings or experiences that can make a former addict feel stressed, uncomfortable, or overwhelmed and make them want to use again. These negative feelings or events are known as “triggers,” and though there are many, there are a few common triggers people experience during recovery.
These common triggers can include:
- Visiting places where they used to get high, or seeing people they used to get high with
- Watching people, whether in real life or on the movie screen, do drugs or drink alcohol
- Experiencing a challenging event, such as job loss or a breakup
- Other events that remind them of the good times they had while high
- Experiencing intense emotions, such as anger, fear, or stress
How Our Treatment Helps
Though relapse can happen and isn’t a sign of failure, our team strives to take preventative measures to decrease the risk of relapsing in the first place. We take a holistic approach to treatment, which means we don’t just help our clients get off drugs, but learn helpful techniques and mechanisms that will aid them in making healthy decisions for themselves.
Recovery is just a phone call away. Our Cincinnati team is ready to welcome you to our facility when you call us for relapse prevention assistance at (513) 780-5201.