“Relapse is a part of recovery.” In almost all recovery communities, you’re sure to hear a similar phrase. And unfortunately, it’s mostly true.
Somewhere between 40 to 60 percent of people who’ve been treated for addiction or alcoholism relapse within a year, according to several studies. For those who try to quit on their own, the number can be even higher.
But relapse is NOT mandatory. And although it is a part of recovery, it doesn’t have to be a part of yours.
How can you stop relapsing, or avoid it altogether?
Be aware of the most common risk factors:
- Not enough time spent in treatment
Eager to return to their lives, some people disregard the recommendations of the clinical staff at their addiction treatment facility. If you’re tempted to do the same, remember that staff members always have your best interest in mind.
- Insufficient after-care
It’s not enough to check out of treatment and go straight back to normal life. At The Mend, staff members work with patients to develop a customized and comprehensive after-care plan that supports continued recovery.
- Returning to an unsafe situation after treatment
This one should go without saying. If you head back into the same social circles and situations that supported your drug and alcohol use, it will be challenging to maintain your recovery.
Stress is a major trigger for relapse. Staying in residential treatment after detox can help you focus on your recovery instead of all of life’s other problems.
At The Mend, our Care Coordinators work with patients to develop customized addiction treatment and after-care plans that address these risk factors.
For example, length of stay for each patient is determined by each patient’s particular needs. You also might want to discuss options for continuing on to residential treatment after detox to protect yourself and continue to build your recovery in a safe environment.