Relapse is the greatest challenge facing those in drug or alcohol recovery. Committing to sobriety in rehab takes time but gets easier. Without access to drugs and alcohol, it can be easier to stay sober. After leaving rehab, however, many struggle with relapse triggers. Life stressors, old habits, and access to drugs and alcohol can more readily lead to relapse. For those in recovery, returning home can cause fear, anxiety, and a return to old habits. People, places, and activities can trigger a relapse. Those struggling with relapse triggers may feel more isolated. It can also be hard for them to ask loved ones for help. Luckily, there are thousands of programs to support those seeking sobriety. Relapse prevention programs and community support are keys to maintaining sobriety and preventing relapse.
At Baltimore Detox Center, our team helps people maintain their recovery and stay on the right track. Our relapse prevention program is one method to help people continue to abstain from drug or alcohol use. If you or a loved one may benefit from our relapse prevention program, reach out to our team today by calling 833.714.1575 or completing our online form.
What Are Signs of a Relapse?
Each person’s specific relapse triggers differ based on life experience. Relapse triggers are people, places, memories, and emotions that can lead a person to use drugs or alcohol again. For some, they may fondly misremember their past drug use. When this happens, they may wish to use drugs again when they pass a nostalgic bar or other places they used to go. Knowing your specific relapse triggers is crucial. Communicating those triggers to therapists and loved ones can help reduce triggers and prevent relapse. When watching for signs of relapse, there are specific warning signs of relapse. These signs of a relapse include:
- Low energy and depression
- Feeling hopeless
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Glamorizing the past
- Lying, manipulation, and other drug-seeking behavior
Signs of a relapse can be difficult to spot. Those struggling with addiction are very good at manipulating and lying to family and friends. Therefore, it’s essential to be fully transparent with loved ones during and after rehab. After a rehab program, relapse prevention programs can help family and friends watch for relapse triggers. These programs can also help people in recovery become more honest with themselves.
What Is Relapse Prevention?
Relapse prevention programs vary. Some people seek relapse prevention from 12-step programs, while others focus on individual therapy. When most people leave in-patient rehab, they create a written plan with a therapist. This plan helps to build structure and assess a person’s relapse triggers. A written plan can make family and friends aware of relapse triggers and determine how they can support recovery. Individual therapy is often necessary for relapse prevention. A therapist can provide one-on-one guidance, trust, and accountability.
For those in 12-step programs, a sponsor can offer practical advice and accountability. The keys to relapse prevention are building a support system and avoiding relapse triggers. Like any trigger, relapse triggers are a part of life. We can’t stop them from happening, but we can become more aware of them to better mitigate their effects.
Solidify Recovery with Relapse Prevention at Baltimore Detox Center
Rehab prevention can be daunting. Contact Baltimore Detox Center today if you or someone you love is struggling with relapse, triggers, or needs addiction support. We treat both drug and alcohol addiction and relapse right here in Maryland. Our in-patient treats dual diagnosis for a holistic approach to sobriety.
As the second free-standing detox center in Baltimore, we understand every step of the detox and recovery journey. Our compassionate staff and intimate facility are here to help you manage relapse triggers and get back to your life. Call us at 833.714.1575 or complete our online form today to learn more about our addiction therapy and relapse prevention programs.