After doing the hard work in rehab, the last thing a recovering addict wants is to relapse. Any relapse delays the ability to get on with living a useful life. During treatment, patients get the chance to learn about their addiction. That includes learning about their triggers and weaknesses. They also get the opportunity to develop coping skills that target those triggers and vulnerabilities. Once a patient leaves rehab, they soon find out if they learned their lessons well enough.
About Coping Skills
During therapy, the patient and counselor discuss the causes of the patient’s addiction. This process helps to identify possible triggers. Once everything is out on the table, therapy shifts toward preparing the patient for life outside rehab. That means learning how to live life on life’s terms.
The one thing a recovering addict can count on is that sooner or later, they will find themselves facing temptation. For each trigger or temptation they have, the recovering addict must have the proper coping skills. Without them, the likelihood of relapse is high. When a stressful situation presents itself, the individual needs to know exactly how to deal with the situation. They also need to know what resources will help them get past problems.
Additional Relapse Prevention Resources
During relapse prevention therapy, counselors teach their patients about the resources that are available to recovering addicts. Beyond coping skills, the three most popular resources are sober living homes, a 12 Step recovery program, and outpatient counseling.
A sober living home serves as the perfect bridge between rehab and all the responsibilities of home. If the patient is unsure about their ability to say no, they can stay in a sober living facility. Working with the in-house staff, the patient can take on life’s responsibilities a little at a time.
12-Step meetings are all about one addict helping another. The meetings allow people to share about their illnesses, personal experiences, and current situations. When a relapse seems imminent, these are the people who can come to the rescue and make a difference. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with building strength by continuing treatment on an outpatient basis.
Relapse Prevention at Kemah Palms
Beaches Recovery outside of Houston, TX, is a full-service rehab facility. We offer treatment options from detox through the relapse prevention education. We also offer inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization program options. Here are some other facts about our facility. We:
- Offer an inpatient rehab program
- Provide outpatient rehab program
- Specialize in chronic pain recovery programs
- Accept rehab insurance from most healthcare insurance companies
- Treat most substance abuse problems
If you are suffering from an addiction, you can change that starting now. You need addiction treatment and a better set of coping skills to stay sober. For additional information, call Kemah Palms at 866.604.1873.