Relapse prevention therapy falls under the category of cognitive-behavioral therapy. It is primarily concerned with treating addiction problems but is also used to treat mental health disorders. It tries to pinpoint the areas and circumstances that may lead someone to relapse. By assessing both the client’s thinking (cognitive) and the actions they take (behavioral), the therapist can identify the high-risk situations that may lead to a relapse. These could be pressures from social situations or the client’s heightened emotional state that triggers the relapse.

If you or a loved one may benefit from addiction therapy programs, reach out to our Paramount Recovery Centers team today by completing our online form. One of the many programs that we provide is our relapse prevention therapy program, which helps people maintain their recovery for years to come.

Relapse Prevention Therapy Programwoman talking with therapist in relapse prevention therapy

At Paramount Recovery Centers, we ensure that the client is aware of the possible negative repercussions that can occur when involved in high-risk situations and the circumstances that enable them to associate positive responses to using drugs and alcohol.

Some of the methods our team uses in our relapse prevention therapy program include:

  • Evaluating and bolstering the client’s confidence in being able to abstain from substance use
  • Working on developing coping skills and using them when needed
  • Devising a plan to deal with temptations that unexpectedly arise
  • Discovering an alternative way of thinking about substance use from the positive thoughts associated with using to the negative thoughts associated with abstinence

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)

Mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) uses mindful meditation to deal with thoughts and feelings that could trigger a relapse. It could also be a situation that causes this to happen. By developing an awareness of cravings to use drugs and alcohol without passing judgment, the client can involve themselves with an activity that takes their mind off of using, or they can sit with these thoughts and try to process them.

Relapse Prevention Plan

The three stages of relapse are a three-part process including emotional, mental, and physical aspects. The most dangerous part of relapsing is that a person’s tolerance will be lessened, making this situation ripe for a relapse. Half the people in rehab will relapse, but this should be considered a setback rather than a sentence. It is always possible to get back on track. Having a plan in place will help.

Ways to Prevent a Relapse

Some of the most effective methods for preventing relapse are:

  • Ask for help
  • Find something to distract you when cravings start
  • Recognize and actively avoid your triggers
  • Get regular exercise
  • Meditation

The Stages of Recovery

People must understand the stages of recovery so that they have a better chance of maintaining recovery.

The stages of recovery are:

  • Abstinence stage – Begins after you stop using and continues for 2-3 years
  • Post-acute withdrawal – Involves anxiety, irritability, mood swings, lack of enthusiasm, enhanced and depleted energy levels, mixed-up levels of concentration, and interrupted sleep
  • Repair stage – Repair the damage caused by a substance use disorder
  • Growth stage – This is where you move forward with the coping skills you have developed

Learn More About Relapse Prevention Therapy at Paramount Recovery Centers Today

At Paramount Recovery Centers, our relapse prevention therapy program in Massachusetts can help you avoid drug or alcohol use after you have finished treatment. When you leave an addiction treatment center, what awaits you may be more than you are prepared to handle. The skills learned in a relapse prevention program at Paramount Recovery Centers will arm you with an arsenal of therapies and techniques to allow you to maintain recovery and prevent a relapse. This has been shown to be a proven method that is sometimes overlooked in many treatment programs. We believe it is essential in aiding you in taking those initial steps in your new life. Although half of those trying to fight addiction will relapse, not all have the tools to stay on the right track.

At Paramount Recovery Centers, we teach you how to live your life with purpose when you walk out of here. We can be reached online for you to take the first step on your journey to wellness and recovery.