Entering one of our rehabs in Ohio at Lumiere Healing Centers can be one of the best decisions of your life. A Relapse prevention plan begins in treatment and all progress made in our program is geared toward preventing future relapse. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes, “the chronic nature of addiction means that relapsing to drug abuse at some point is not only possible, but likely.” It is important to note that relapse is not a symbol of recovery failure.
What Is A Relapse Prevention Plan?
A relapse prevention plan is a system of ideas for avoiding a drug relapse. It provides strategies for coping with stress and identifying relapse triggers. When you’ve conditioned yourself to using a substance to deal with stress, you’re going to have to find alternatives on your path to recovery. This is why a relapse prevention plan is so important as it provides a lifeline to many. Sometimes your plan will need updating and adjusting to stay relevant and to provide yourself the relevant tools to succeed.
What Are Relapse Triggers?
A relapse trigger is an emotion or event that stimulates the urge to start using drugs again. Identifying personal triggers is imperative in setting up a successful relapse prevention plan. Trying to identify triggers is tricky because some may be hidden while others may be a bit more predictable. While developing your triggers list, please consider some of the following:
- Places and friends that can influence your decision to use drugs again.
- Stress from work issues or relationships
- Money problems
- Hunger, anger, loneliness, and tiredness (HALT).
- How easy it is to obtain drugs where you live.
Developing A Relapse Prevention Plan
After you’ve listed your relapse triggers, you can now begin to develop your prevention plan. The best way to do this is by thinking of potential situations before they happen. Having a system in place will help you maintain sobriety when times are most difficult.
Here is a list of ideas to help you structure your plan of action:
- List your triggers and a possible exit strategy for each.
- List the reasons why you wanted to be sober in the first place and the consequences of relapse.
- Consider relapse but plan a course of action to deal with it if it happens.
- Structure a schedule to Attend AA meetings and therapy sessions.
Let Us Help
If you or a loved one needs help getting a relapse prevention plan in place or have questions about addiction recovery, call Lumiere Healing Centers today at 513-909-2225.