Relapse treatment should not be confused with relapse prevention work, which is a common component of many primary treatment facilities. A New Today Addiction Centers structure incorporates the latest research findings into our innovative evidence-based practices from medicine and psychology with historically proven methods like, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), 12-Step integration, motivational interviewing and positive peer culture. The program de-emphasizes lecture-focused learning and provides a whole person assessment, a customized treatment plan, and unified support with the assistance of family and referents.
Because chemical dependency is a chronic disease, the potential for relapse exists. A pioneer in relapse treatment, A New Today offers specialized residential relapse treatment--not just a relapse “track”, but an actual program. By exploring and addressing relapse patterns and triggers, we help patients develop strategies to disrupt and eliminate these patterns.
Relapse treatment is by nature more intense than primary care: it must go deeper, seek out and heal issues and problems that have remained with an individual during their recovery.
The team works extensively with the patient and their family and performs several different evaluations, then designs an individual and integrated treatment plan based on themes and patterns of each person’s addiction, building from what has and hasn’t worked in the past. They collaborate daily to ensure that every patient is progressing as they should in relapse treatment.
Treating patients who have relapsed is complicated, but our behavioral health experts have a great deal of experience. Sometimes, relapsed patients are more ambivalent than emotional; sometimes they approach relapse treatment superficially, hiding deeper issues that may be the root cause of relapse. Because patients have been through treatment before, they know how they’re “supposed” to respond to treatment; they know all the right lines and what to say. Our staff is familiar with these patterns; we know that it’s critical to get beyond patients’ “lip service” to treatment and get down to their real emotions and thoughts.
The road to recovery is a treacherous one, filled with obstacles and daily challenges. Having a relapse is very common amongst people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic disease and the rate of relapse from drug addiction ranges from 40 to 60 percent. This percentage is on par with other chronic illnesses such as asthma and hypertension.
While you may feel frustrated and disappointed, it’s important to pick yourself up and forge ahead with your new life of sobriety.
After a relapse, you may feel like drug addiction rehab was a waste of time and a failure. The truth is, having a relapse simply means your recovery plan needs some adjustment. When you adjust to life after rehab, you’re attempting to make changes to routines, behaviors and thought processes that have been ingrained for many years. Long-term change only comes with time and persistence.
When you view drug and alcohol addiction as a chronic disease just as other illnesses such as asthma, medical professionals agree that relapses are almost to be expected as part of the recovery process. While it’s important not to beat yourself up after a relapse, it’s also vital to take responsibility for your own actions and own up to them.
Reach Out and Surround Yourself with Positive People
Speak to your therapist, counselor or sponsor as soon as possible. Having a dependable support network at home is critical to ongoing success. During inpatient rehab, you likely had easy access to a supportive shoulder to lean on when you were feeling down. It’s important that you continue to receive that kind of support at home either through a continuing aftercare program with weekly meetings, or through a more informal arrangement with a trusted friend or sponsor.
Learn from Your Mistakes
Now is the perfect time to re-evaluate your treatment plan and figure out where things went wrong. Perhaps you were feeling lonely and isolated and turned to alcohol or drugs. Plan for more social outings and don’t be afraid to call a friend. Maybe you skipped going to the gym for a week because you were sick and tired of the same old exercise routine. Tweak your workout plan and enroll in new and fun fitness classes instead.
When you reframe the situation as a learning experience rather than a failure, it’ll be much easier to pick up the pieces and move ahead.
Make a New and Improved Plan and Follow Through
Once you’ve thought of areas that need tweaking, write down your new plan and implement it. You may decide that you’d like to enroll in an outpatient program, or that you need to focus more on fitness and nutrition. Whatever your new plans are, stick with it and follow through.
Grit and perseverance will get you through the rocky first year following rehab and are the keys to long-term success. Call us today to learn more.