After completing a recovery program, all patients who struggle with substance abuse are at risk of relapse. New Life Recovery Solutions offers relapse-prevention services to patients in Bellevue, Washington. To learn more about relapse prevention, call New Life Recovery Solutions to make an appointment.

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What is relapse prevention?

Relapse prevention is a cognitive-behavioral approach to the treatment of drug addiction. This method of treatment seeks to help patients understand the relapse process so that they can develop strategies that help them stay sober.

Why is relapse prevention important?

Following detoxification and treatment, most patients will experience intense cravings for their drug of choice. For many patients, these cravings will come and go for the rest of their lives. Patients who don’t know how to deal with these cravings are at risk of relapse. Not only does relapse put the patient’s overall health at risk, but it can also be particularly dangerous for patients who no longer have the same tolerance for a drug they once used regularly. If the patient takes their former dosage after recovery, the risk of overdose is high.

Relapse prevention is necessary for most patients, whether they’re recovering from an addiction to opioids, cocaine, or alcohol.

How does relapse prevention work?

New Life Recovery Solutions offers a relapse-prevention program based on several fundamental principles. One of these principles is perception, which refers to the way the patient perceives the world and how this perception influences their feelings and behaviors. During relapse prevention, the staff works to challenge the perceptions of the patient so that they can develop the skills they need to continue making healthy decisions after treatment.

Another principle is the view of relapse as a process. The idea behind this principle is that relapse actually occurs long before the patient begins using again. Relapse-prevention programs teach the patient to understand this process and become more self-aware so that they can recognize any signs that may indicate a risk of relapse.

How does New Life Recovery Solutions approach relapse prevention?

New Life Recovery Solutions views relapse prevention as a single component in a comprehensive treatment program. They utilize relapse prevention in conjunction with other treatments, including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Medical support

The staff at New Life Recovery Solutions believes that accountability is crucial to recovery. They encourage family and friends to support patients and help them safeguard their sobriety during and after treatment.