All addiction rehab seeks to help clients leave drug and alcohol abuse behind and avoid post-rehab relapse. Even though it is the goal to avoid relapse, it is often a normal part of recovery and can happen at any time, including right after rehab or ten years in the future. One of the best ways to prevent relapse is to participate in a relapse prevention program. If you are looking for a relapse prevention group in Denver, Colorado, reach out to Mile High Recovery Center.
In the heart of the Mile High City, we offer a range of evidence-based treatments in three different outpatient programs of different intensity levels. We believe that the relapse prevention work we do, both during rehab and after discharge as part of our alumni program, is foundational to our success. Learn more by reaching out today. You can use our online form or call 303-268-2144.
What Is Relapse Prevention Therapy?
Part of relapse prevention is destigmatizing relapse. As with any chronic disease, addiction comes with the risk of relapse. In fact, relapse is not uncommon. Because it is normal, relapse:
- Puts you in the company of many before you who managed to return to lasting sobriety
- Is not shameful and should not be a source of discouragement or guilt
- Does not mean failure – you stopped before and can do it again
- Needs to be destigmatized so that those who struggle with relapse do not lose their faith in themselves or the support of family and employers
Most relapse prevention groups and programs teach specific skills and offer therapeutic protocols based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). An alumni program is instrumental in successful relapse prevention.
Five Benefits of Relapse Prevention
A relapse prevention program will help you create a strategy to cope with post-rehab life while maintaining your sobriety. Some relapse prevention benefits include:
- Education – You will learn about relapse and what it means for you. Don’t let fear or misunderstanding of relapse jeopardize your long-term recovery. With peer support and affirmation from expert professionals, you will understand that relapse is not loss or failure, merely a detour on your recovery path.
- Skill development – A major benefit of relapse prevention is developing the skills you need to recognize dangerous situations that may put you at risk for relapse. What are the situations, places, and people that will trigger you? How can you navigate those circumstances if you encounter them? Skills-based education and practice begin in rehab and continue beyond discharge.
- Confidence – Self-esteem, recovery empowerment, and confidence develop in relapse prevention programs. You believe that recovery is possible – and likely. As confidence grows, so does your ability to take care of and forgive yourself.
- Peer support – One of the best things about rehab is the support and accountability offered by peers on the same journey as you. The peers who worked alongside you in relapse prevention during rehab will be with you in the alumni program. The benefits of an alumni program are the alumni themselves.
- Improved outcomes – The evidence is clear. Relapse prevention programs improve your chances of long-term recovery success. Even though we know relapse is normal and may happen, your eventual long-term sobriety is supported by a relapse prevention curriculum and an alumni program that continues that programming.
Alumni program benefits are part and parcel of the overall benefits of a relapse prevention strategy. Combining the work you do in therapy with the many positives of peer support and an ongoing relapse prevention program will position you well for your ongoing recovery journey.
Relapse Prevention at Mile High Recovery Center
At Mile High, we have the relapse prevention program you need to support you through rehab and beyond. Learn about our evidence-based therapy, our professional team of addiction and mental health therapists, and the different rehab options we offer. Call us at 303-268-2144 or use our online form to speak to one of our caring staff members today.