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When you suffer from substance use disorder, the main goal is to get clean. However, the real challenge may be staying clean. That is why relapse prevention is such an important part of an addiction treatment program.

relapse preventionAt Symetria Recovery, we understand how the risk of relapse can impact your chances at long-term recovery. Our relapse prevention program prepares you with coping skills and an individualized relapse prevention plan to help you abstain from substance use when faced with triggers. Call us today at 855.282.4819 to learn how our highly effective, comprehensive treatment programs can help you get sober and stay sober.

What Role Does Relapse Prevention Therapy Play in Addiction Treatment?

When it comes to relapse prevention, preparation is key. The risk of relapse is much higher when you are not taught coping skills during your treatment program.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most commonly used types of therapy for mental health and addiction treatment. Relapse prevention therapy (RPT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy designed specifically to help those recovering from addiction learn how to deal with cravings and reduce the risk of relapse.

The recovery process may be easier when you are in a facility surrounded by a supportive care team and receiving therapy and encouragement. However, when you are back in your home or social environment, staying clean can be especially challenging. You are likely to encounter temptations or triggers that stimulate powerful cravings. If you are around people with whom you used to use drugs or alcohol, it may be more difficult to avoid using again.

RPT can make a notable difference in your ability to stay sober. Anticipating challenges and planning can keep you from being caught off guard and falling into old, unhealthy patterns.

How Does Relapse Prevention Therapy Work?

For the best chance at full recovery, you need to be prepared for situations that can lead to relapse. Your treatment team will work on a relapse prevention plan with you so you are better equipped to manage circumstances that correlate with substance use. RPT sessions may involve:

  • Identifying triggers – Certain feelings tend to lead to cravings. The acronym “BHALT” was created as an easy way to remember these feelings. For example, boredom, hunger, anger, loneliness, and tiredness can all make you more vulnerable to falling back into old habits and developing cravings for a substance. Some triggers may also be specific people, places, or things.
  • Planning healthier responses to triggers – During relapse prevention therapy, you will develop more constructive ways to deal with these feelings so that you do not feel the need to reach for alcohol or drugs.
  • Reframing the concept of relapse – When you are attempting to recover from addiction but have a relapse, it could make you feel like a failure and like giving up on the possibility of making a full, long-term recovery. RPT aims to change the perception of relapse by instead viewing it as a temporary slip. You will learn how to see these slips as a learning opportunity and a chance to work on your coping skills to prevent future slips.

Get Support for Long-Term Recovery with a Relapse Prevention Program at Symetria Recovery

Going from a structured environment in an inpatient rehab program back to your home environment can be a drastic change and make it more challenging to stay on the path to recovery. The relapse prevention program at Symetria Recovery prepares you for inevitable encounters with triggers that can lead to substance use and teaches you coping skills that you can use to stay on track. Call us today at 855.282.4819 to learn more about how our relapse prevention therapy can help you enjoy sober living for the long term.