Relapse prevention is a fundamental element of a successful drug addiction recovery program. The development of a relapse prevention plan begins during the course of an in-patient or out-patient drug addiction treatment. A relapse prevention plan is comprehensive and is crafted with the help of a trained addiction recovery specialist. Those who fail to develop a relapse prevention plan are much more likely to experience a setback.
Many people incorrectly associate relapse with returning to drug use after a period of sobriety. Although that represents a part of the process, there is much more to it. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is a three stage process and not a singular event. The first stage is emotional. During the emotional stage, a person is exposed to triggers that used to cause the addict to use. At this point in the process, a person really is not aware that he or she is at risk. The next stage is mental. It is at this juncture that a person begins mentally contemplating the possibility of partaking in substance abuse again. The final stage is called the physical stage. During this time, the addict engages in their old behaviors again; they begin abusing drugs and/or alcohol. Call Drug Treatment Centers Springfield at (217) 801-9201 today.
Prevention is based on the plan previously described. It is a comprehensive strategy designed to assist a person to recognize and avoid these stages. In the alternative, if a person cannot control their cravings, a prevention plan is designed to lessen the extent of the process. For example, relapse prevention in this situation works to limit the stages to the mental, and not permit it to proceed to the physical stage and actual drug use.
As mentioned, the most important key to preventing or limiting a setback is to have a prevention plan. In the absence of a specifically crafted plan, a person is far more likely to return to drug use. In addition, in the absence of a plan, a person is far more likely to end up in a downward spiral that leads to actual use of the substance. Another fundamental key to avoiding a setback is to avoid various triggers that have led to drug use in the past. Triggers commonly are associated with people and places. For this reason, prevention requires an avoidance of those people and places where the addict participated in drug or alcohol use and abuse.
The rates associated with the process are not clear. The reality is that many people (some argue most people) conceal the fact that they have relapsed. In addition, the rates vary from one type of drug of choice to another. Some estimate that the average rate in which addicts return to substance abuse is over 50 percent. If a person lacks a prevention plan that figure will likely rise, according to the National Center on Drug Abuse.
It is also important to keep in mind that the drug of choices has a role in the frequency of relapse. For example, meth and alcohol both have fairly high rates. Accessibility also plays a role in regard to relapse. For example, if a person is prescribed a prescription medication for pain, he or she is more likely to end up relapsing and abusing the medication prescribed. Regardless of what the particular situation may be, it has been proven that developing a prevention plan is extremely beneficial in the long run. Call Drug Treatment Centers Springfield at (217) 801-9201 today.