Tag Archives: relapse prevention

Tag Archives: relapse prevention


Steps to prevent a relapse

Relapse happens. Like some other unwanted things in life we’d rather avoid, relapse is a very real possibility for people in recovery. Relapse from addiction to alcohol or drugs occurs for several reasons. Meeting up with friends who misuse substances can trigger the urge to use. A sudden memory has the power to unleash the desire for alcohol or drugs. And sometimes stress that feels overwhelming can trigger the belief that there is no other, or better, way to relieve the pressure, anxiety or tension.

Of course, all of these thoughts can be countered and the tools learned in treatment can be used to push back on unwanted thoughts or feelings in order to prevent relapse.

Experts Recommend Several Skills to Prevent Relapse

Perhaps the best method to use to prevent relapse is the consistent practice of healthy coping skills learned in treatment. Avoiding risk factors for use, and building and using a support system are other key elements.

For example, cutting back on support group meetings or counseling sessions can be a detriment to recovery. Emotional challenges are part of everyday life, and studies show that a recovering brain is susceptible to anxiety and depression. But without a social support system, alcohol or drug use can look like an easy means of “fixing” problems and feeling better.

Keep in mind that if you stop using appropriate coping behaviors and begin to think that drinking or drug use can be controlled, the risk of relapse increases.

Creating a relapse prevention plan is an excellent prevention strategy. The best relapse prevention plan is simple and realistic and easily accessed. You can work out such a plan with your counselor and it can be as detailed or straightforward as you like.

Hope For The Best, Plan For Challenges

A relapse prevention plan includes the resources you can use if you feel as though you may relapse. With this in mind, be sure that your plan includes someone to call for support, hotline or crisis line numbers, a safe place to go, a schedule of support group meetings in your area and a list of personal reasons for staying sober.

Recovery is possible—recover your unique, purposeful, sober life by reaching out to the dedicated experts at Cumberland Heights.

Addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease. For over 50 years we have carefully provided the highest quality of care for adults, adolescents and families who suffer from, or are affected by this devastating disease.

Our nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center is located on a peaceful, pastoral 177-acre campus on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. We provide a continuum of services through two 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes.

At Cumberland Heights, we always put the patient first, and value the importance of family participation in the recovery process. Take the first step toward healing by calling us at (866) 899-5231 today.

Why Goal-Oriented Thinking Will Get You Incredibly Far in Recovery

One of the biggest components you’ll have in recovery is trying to find out what your goals and motivations are. Addiction is a complex disease because it can involve so many different factors – your genetics, your personality, the way you grew up, your current environment, trauma you’d had in your life and more. As with any path we take, it’s best to have a long-term goal in mind for what we want to accomplish so that we know what we’re working towards. In the world of recovery, we’re often trying to find the factors that will bring us the most success – relapse prevention, support, attendance, sobriety and more – but the common theme here lies within one simple area: goal orientation.

Perspective is everything, and by keeping the bigger picture in mind, you’re able to work through challenges more effectively. Back in 2015, researchers wanted to learn more about 2 components of goal orientation – hope and self-efficacy (feeling confident in your own abilities to succeed) – and how those two factors play out in a person’s recovery. They found that both had an influence on a person’s levels of depression and anxiety, two mental health challenges that can definitely slow down the recovery process. What are some examples of goal-oriented thinking that you can use in your everyday life?

  • “I will establish a volunteer opportunity by the end of next week.”
  • “Today, I will meditate for 5 minutes.”
  • “By the end of the month, I will be able to meditate for 10 minutes each day.”
  • “By the end of the year, I will have made 3 new connections for building my recovery support network.”

When we set goals, it means that we believe we can achieve them – and it also means that we have the motivation to go after them, too. Spend some time thinking about what you want your goals in recovery to be. Then, create very direct, specific statements that really describe what your goals are. Make sure they have the following:

  • A realistic, achievable goal
  • A set time frame
  • A plan for how you’ll know you’ve achieved that goal

Both short-term and long-term goals are best so that you can take small steps daily that will really contribute to a bigger picture. If you find that you’ve completed some goals sooner than you realized, create new ones – you’ll be extremely proud to find that you’ve accomplished a lot throughout your recovery.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-campus, we are made up of 2 twelve-step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.


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