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What Is a Relapse Prevention Group?

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Recovery is not a one-and-done agenda item one can simply cross off a list. It is a lifelong endeavor, a state of being, a goal that anticipates a future of health and well-being – and it is often difficult. However, the process is more manageable when supported by evidence-based addiction treatment that incorporates a relapse prevention group both during rehab and post-discharge. What is relapse prevention? As the name suggests, it aims to prevent relapse if possible, help you re-commit to recovery if you do relapse, and generally support a sober life.

Learn more about addiction relapse prevention by calling Mile High Recovery at 855.796.2102 or reaching out via our online form. Our professional staff can answer your questions, discuss relapse prevention groups, and walk you through the range of rehab options at your disposal in Denver, CO.

Relapse Prevention Group Definition

If you have a substance use disorder, the threads that bind you to your addiction are many and can present a tangled challenge when you are ready to cut those ties. Recovery is not just one path but a collection of actions and steps taken to reach your goal.

Though relapse is always possible and not a sign of failure (only a misstep on your journey), being part of a relapse prevention group can help you anticipate roadblocks, triggers, and risks so you can avoid them.

Relapse prevention groups can take many forms and typically come after the early intensive detox and treatment and often continue past discharge. Addiction relapse prevention can be an outpatient or inpatient therapist-led group, a 12-step peer-led group, or any therapeutic group focused on steps and processes similar to behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Addiction Relapse Prevention

Through the various processes in an addiction relapse prevention program, you will work on the following:

  • Realizing that you are not your addiction
  • Using behavioral therapy techniques to continue reframing negative self-beliefs and affirming positive thoughts and beliefs
  • Repairing the relationships that suffered as a result of addiction, including making amends
  • Coming to terms with the uncertainty and discomfort that are natural parts of life
  • Committing to self-help and peer support groups
  • Learning the skills to live a balanced life of wellness and sobriety
  • Creating a self-care plan and committing to it
  • Finding the alternatives that will beneficially replace drug or alcohol use

Rehab Alumni Programs

Alumni programs like the one at Mile High Recovery keep clients connected to their peers and the staff through a range of opportunities to continue working on recovery post-discharge. For example:

  • Ongoing therapy
  • 12-step meetings with your rehab peer group
  • Sober social events and outings such as
    • Exploring hiking and walking trails
    • Campouts
    • Volunteer work
    • Nature experiences
    • Arts and crafts and other classes and activities

Mile High Recovery Can Help You Avoid Relapse

At Mile High Recovery, our incredibly skilled staff of professional therapists provide evidence-based programs and therapies that guide you through a healthy recovery and help you avoid relapse during and after rehab. Relapse prevention groups are an essential piece of the puzzle.

The list of therapies, in addition to our rehab alumni program, offered at Mile High Recovery includes:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
  • Relapse prevention
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy

Reach out to Mile High Recovery today to learn more about relapse prevention groups and how we can support you on your recovery journey during rehab and beyond. Complete our online form or simply call us at 855.796.2102 to talk to a staff member or schedule a visit. Your successful recovery is our mission.

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