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.

Benefits of Having a Support Group for Relapse Prevention

There are a host of reasons why having a support groups helps the recovery process and keeps addiction relapse at bay:

  • You’ll get help with your plan for relapse prevention.
  • You’ll feel less depressed and have less stress when you have a supportive social network.
  • You’ll develop and maintain relationships with people who don’t encourage drug or alcohol use.
  • You’ll exercise self-control and feel more empowered.
  • You’ll regularly communicate with people who offer support.

Understanding Relapse Prevention and Warning Signs

In order for your support community to do their job and be one of the many useful recovery options at your disposal, they need to know the warnings signs of relapse. Relapse doesn’t occur in a single moment, but instead as a process. There are stages to relapse that the addict goes through, specifically emotional, mental and physical relapse, and each stage has its own warning signs.

During emotional relapse, addicts aren’t thinking about using, but their behavior or emotions are setting the stage for a future relapse. During mental relapse, addicts are struggling with wanting to use and not wanting to use at the same time. During the physical relapse phase, addicts are actually taking steps to use. Situations that often lead to relapse include:

  • Losing a loved one
  • Experiencing a major change in finances
  • Having a change in employment
  • Dealing with conflicts or social pressure
  • Going through a change in marital status
  • Feeling bored
  • Dealing with health issues

Professional rehab treatment is the most effective way to overcome your addiction to drugs or alcohol. Call us at Chiron Recovery Center today and we’ll put you on the road to a successful recovery.