What Is a Relapse Prevention Plan?

Without a plan in place, it isn’t easy to accomplish your goals. When battling addiction, it is even more so. A relapse prevention plan is a written document that you and your counselors collaborate on to guide you through the rehab process so that you are assured of the best chances of successfully recovering from addiction. By having a plan in place, you are prepared for what lies ahead.

At Paramount Recovery Centers, our team sets people up for long-term success in recovery with our aftercare treatment program. We can help you develop a relapse prevention plan that keeps you away from drug or alcohol use. Learn more about avoiding relapse in addiction recovery by contacting our team at 855.945.6096 or completing our online form.

Our Relapse Prevention Program

Once you have decided to enter into our relapse prevention program, you’ll need to first assess your substance abuse history. What are the events or moments when you can pinpoint where the addiction began? Many people have a genetic history of addiction. There may not be a single moment, but rather the ready availability of alcohol or drugs while growing up may be the initial trigger that got you using in the first place.

You then need to determine what kind of triggers can cause you to relapse. There may be warning signs you are aware of, and it is important to share those with your counselors and therapists. This is so they can help you learn different ways to combat the urge to return to using. A relapse prevention plan must be put in place so you know exactly what to do when you feel like you cannot maintain your recovery. The more detailed the plan is, the better you will be prepared to avoid temptation and stay sober.

3 Relapse Stages

The three relapse stages are:

  • Emotional relapse – This stage subtly appears without always fully realizing that you may be slipping back into using alcohol or drugs. You notice a change, but there is no red flag moment that makes you realize that you need help. It may begin feeling anxious or a little lost. If you do not share these feelings with someone you can trust, they may increase in intensity, and the situation can develop into a relapse. It is vital not to isolate yourself at this time, no matter how sad and confused it makes you feel. Get in touch with someone. There is no time to waste.
  • Mental relapse – This is the stage where thoughts of using drugs or alcohol enter your mind. It is not just an anxious feeling. You make excuses why having one drink or taking a pill to take the edge off isn’t going to make you relapse. You try to convince yourself that everything is alright. What would your counselors or friends say? Talk to them and let them help you. Being all alone with negative thoughts invading your head is not going to end well.
  • Physical relapse – This is the stage where you begin using again. You could not stop the voice in your head telling you that you can handle it, that a little bit is not going to make you an addict again. If you don’t seek treatment at this point, you are most likely headed toward a full relapse.

Stay on the Right Track with Relapse Prevention at Paramount Recovery Centers

Having a relapse prevention plan in place when things go awry prepares you to tackle this addiction problem at the first sign of trouble. Your therapists and counselors will sit down with you and put a plan in place so you can handle those instances when you are questioning your dedication to staying sober.

At Paramount Recovery in Southborough, Massachusetts, we will provide the right atmosphere for you to work on your recovery. We are located in a remote location away from the distractions of daily life. Our accommodations allow you to relax and get in touch with your feelings and emotions in a nonjudgmental environment. We can be reached online or at 855.945.6096 for you to take the first step on your journey to wellness and recovery.



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