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Should I Consider a Relapse Prevention Group?

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Rehab is not an easy or quick process or even a process with a linear thread. If addiction were easy to overcome, we wouldn’t need as much support and infrastructure in rehab as we have now. And while some people succeed in overcoming addiction after one treatment, most people require multiple attempts. Considering relapse prevention is a smart, practical approach to maintaining sobriety.

For those who have been through rehab and have relapsed, the idea of going back may be daunting. But, it’s important to remember that relapse is a part of the process for many people. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 40 to 60 percent of people in treatment for addiction will relapse. Setbacks are not just common. They’re often expected. That’s why there are relapse prevention groups in Colorado specifically for relapse cases.  Continuing care is so vital for the rehabilitation process. It doesn’t end when you walk out of a facility or stop going to intensive treatment.

Staying sober is an activity you have to spend your time and energy on every day, and there will be days, maybe even months or years, when you feel like you have it under control. But then, one day, something might happen. You might have a bad day, or a memory or a person might trigger you, and that’s when it becomes difficult again.

That’s where Mile High Recovery Center and our relapse prevention group come in—call 855.796.2102 today to learn more.

What Is Continuing Care?

At Mile High Recovery, we offer a therapeutic alumni program to assist those who have successfully completed the third phase of their treatment. This group meets for 90 minutes once a week to provide a space for discussions around the long-term recovery process and how individual members are faring in their journey. It’s an excellent way to stay connected to your fellow recovering addicts and help maintain and encourage sobriety in your community.

What Do Relapse Behaviors Look Like?

The most important thing to remember is that no addiction develops in a vacuum. Situations can arise in daily life that are triggers for substance use; a trigger is anything that makes you want to use drugs or alcohol again. Some triggers are external, such as being in the presence of people who use substances, while others are internal, such as feeling anxious or stressed.

Often relapse results from old feelings or habits returning to the surface when you’re thrust back into the environment that brought on addiction in the first place. Relapse starts with your emotions and your mind long before it happens in your actions. That’s important to remember. Emotional relapse can look like depression or anxiety, while mental relapses involve similar thought patterns as you had before. All of this precedes physical relapse, where you actually begin using again.

Triggers for a Relapse Include:

  • Hanging out with old friends who still use
  • Being in places where you used to use
  • Feeling stressed or anxious
  • Being around people who are using
  • Lack of routine
  • Lack of support
  • Missed recovery meetings
  • Toxic family or home environment
  • Exhaustion
  • Guilt

Relapse prevention is just one tool to combat relapse in your life. Ultimately, it will come down to you and your choices. Understand that relapse is not random. Engagement in groups can help you; having a support network is essential, and emotional sobriety is just as important as physical sobriety.

Prevent Relapse with Our Alumni Program for Addiction at Mile High Recovery

Are you ready to get help with your addiction struggles? Get in contact with us today to discuss your treatment options. Don’t wait; the time is now.

We’re your ally and friend in this journey and aim to offer the best possible environment to help you achieve long-lasting sobriety. Call 855.796.2102 or contact us online to get started today.