A lot of people mistakenly think that preventing drug or alcohol addiction relapse is as simple as saying “no” when tempted. Those who deal with substance abuse, though, know that staying on the right path and preventing relapse is a lot more involved than that. Relapse prevention has to start early during the rehabilitation process, with both recovery options and relapse warning signs taken into account.
Relapse Prevention Requires a Support Team
Having a support team is one of the most important recovery options an addict has. No matter what a person is addicted to, relapse prevention requires a team, not just the individual person being treated. The nature of addiction is that it aims to isolate its victims, which is why a supportive network of friends, family members and professionals is so important. It’s also important for addicts to regularly interact with their support network. Additionally, people in the support network should be educated to recognize the warning signs of addiction and relapse.