After going through the challenges of stabilization and recovery from substance use disorder, it can seem like the achievement of sobriety should be final and permanent. Nobody wants to go through treatments repeatedly, so when relapse occurs, it is crucial to know what the early signs might look like to quickly so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. Relapse prevention plans can provide continued support for a sober lifestyle to reduce the likelihood of relapses occurring or repeating. The stigma surrounding substance use and addiction treatment programs can prevent many people from feeling like they can reach out and get the help they need. However, addiction is a much more common problem than many people want to admit, and yet there are many professionals and services that can help.
At Alina Lodge in Blairstown, New Jersey, our compassionate and experienced team is ready to join you and your family in the journey to recovery and beyond. One of the ways we set you up for long-term recovery is through our relapse prevention program. Learn more by reaching out to our team at 833.685.1700 or by completing our online form.
Signs of Relapse
After completing treatment, the transition back to “normal life” can feel exciting and full of possibilities at first. As time goes on, friends and family may see that you appear to be doing well, and they may start to check in less frequently. After a while, new habits that seemed fun at first have started to feel less appealing, and it can feel more and more tempting to switch back to old habits.
If someone has completed a treatment program and they seem to be doing okay, it is still important to check in with them and find out how you can support them in staying sober. While there isn’t just one way people experience relapse, there are some common signs of relapse.
Some of the most typical signs of relapse include:
- Getting more easily overwhelmed when feeling anxiety or stress
- Sudden mood swings
- Memory loss or difficulties
- Lapses in judgment
- Attending fewer and fewer group therapy or individual therapy sessions
- Discontinuance of medications prescribed to aid recovery
- Spending more time in places or with people associated with prior substance use or drinking
- Finding excuses to have “just a little bit”
Relapse Prevention at Alina Lodge
At Alina Lodge, we understand that recovery from addiction will not be a fast, easy process, so we take a long-term approach to providing care. We want our students will be nurtured by more substantial, long-lasting support. As students gain confidence in their new routines and habits, we offer continued therapy and services. When faced with returning to “normal life,” it is easier to fit new habits and mindsets into personal routines and lifestyles.
- Relapse prevention therapy at Alina Lodge offers benefits for our students, including:
- Practical skills and strategies for avoiding relapse
- Therapy to help identify triggers and develop plans to avoid them
- Access to sober living accommodations
- Opportunities to form social connections with others who share the same goals
- Alumni program, to stay in touch with sober friends and enjoy activities together
- Access to a team of professionals who work together to find what works for you
Prepare for Success with Relapse Prevention at Alina Lodge
If you or a loved one are dealing with a substance use disorder and have completed a recovery program, you don’t have to continue your recovery journey on your own. Our knowledgeable and caring staff is here to support our students throughout the process, including the years that follow initial treatments. With preparation and regular support, our students find more complete and longer-lasting recovery. If you are seeing relapse symptoms in yourself or a loved one, take time today to complete our online form or call us at 833.685.1700.