Substance Use Disorder Relapse Prevention

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9 Common Relapse Triggers & How To Avoid Relapse

Relapse prevention is an essential piece of the puzzle, as with any drug or alcohol rehab program. Knowing what to do when a trigger experience is faced is a key part of successfully avoiding a relapse. Our counselors have the ability to teach you the skills needed in attaining long-term sobriety. In order to maintain long-term sobriety and combat the temptations associated with being in recovery, Chapters Capistrano believes it is necessary to have a certain level of discipline when working to establish a successful relapse prevention program.

Our trained and experienced counselors understand that there are various signs that can indicate a pending relapse in the life of a recovering addict. High quality relapse prevention programs teach individuals how to recognize and identify personal warning signs associated with relapse, and provide the tools to prevent this from happening. Chapters believes the following requirements are key to a solid relapse prevention curriculum:

  • Open-mindedness
  • Willingness
  • Honesty

Implementing a good relapse prevention program means that a person in recovery is able to make an honest list of thoughts, actions, and activities that could trigger a relapse.

What are Some Relapse Triggers

Just as no two people are alike in their addiction, relapse triggers also vary person-by-person. Some common relapse triggers include:

  • Emotional events such as divorce and the death of a loved one
  • Financial struggles
  • Expecting too much from other people
  • Complacency
  • Self-Pity
  • Impatience
  • Exhaustion
  • Overconfidence in one’s ability to stay sober
  • Depression

Relapse prevention is the most important part of the addiction recovery process and maintaining sobriety is integral to the long-term health and happiness of the individual in early recovery.

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