Preventing relapse in a substance abuse treatment program
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Preventing Relapse in a Substance AbuseTreatment ProgramMay 14, 2013| Last Updated on Friday, 17 May, 2013 13:12Understanding RelapseWhen dealing with an addiction, an addict will find themselves dependent on the substance(s) thatmake up their addiction. This dependency on addictive substances creates a strong bond with its usermaking it almost impossible for them to stop abusing their drug or drug of choice all at once. Theresuming use of an addictive substance after an addict has been clean of substance abuse for aprolonged period of time is what is known as a relapse.A relapse may occur after an addict commits countless instances of substance abuse and then stopsabruptly in hopes of gaining sobriety. When an addict forgoes their sobriety to substance abuse thenthey will find themselves at the mercy of an addiction that will not heal quickly. They will see that theyare unable to stop without still taking small steps in order to wean of their dependency to fort offrelapse.How Relapse OccursRelapse happens for many reasons that are at times not up to the addict, despite whether or not theywant to do so. An addict that is attempting sobriety could simply be reminiscing about their addictiondays with an old friend when suddenly they find themselves craving their addictions. If the cravingbecomes strong enough then no matter how resilient that addicts will powers is they will relapse.An important side of relapse is the tendency for recurring use and dependence on a substance. Thetendencies of an addiction are created by the character of the substance itself and therefore will varydepending on the type of substance that is being abused. Usually the way a relapse occurs is when asubstance is abused that yields a high result but also clears from the body rapidly. This causes animbalance in an addict that result in constant and immediate reuse. Also this becomes even more severewhen an addict also has a very high tolerance for the substance that is being repeatedly misused.Preventing RelapseIn order to prevent a relapse an addict must take their due diligence to avoid substance abuse. Thatmeans an addict must use their common sense in avoiding their substance dependency as it can lead toincrease their craving for their addictions. The more an addict comes into contact with the addictionthen the more likely they will be to relapse. An addict must take small steps to come down fromabusing their substance this could be by; avoiding people from your addictive past, avoiding areas thathave access to addictive substances, or even as simple as not thinking about the addiction in the firstplace. These are great ways to start but in preventing relapse it is best to begin with understand whyyou crave your addiction in the first place.Taking the time to understand what it is that fuels your addiction in the first place may help you to
understand what you can do to avoid a relapse. Lets say for example that in the past a recovering addictused to take narcotics before going out to nightclubs and listening to techno music, then avoiding thatgenre of music is important to prevent relapse. This will help you to disassociate your addiction withyour daily routines therefore allowing you to continue living a life without addiction that is free fromthe fear of relapse.