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How to Prepare for the Threat of a Relapse

by on Friday, July 3rd, 2020

There’s a reason that the addiction recovery process is said to continue far beyond any scheduled treatment appointments or programs. Even when someone has completed inpatient treatment, urges and temptations will present themselves in daily life throughout outpatient treatment and beyond. Being prepared for these urges is key to preventing a relapse.

Recognize That It Happens to Everyone

Urges will happen. Nobody is immune to them, and there can be any number of triggers that remind the body or mind of their time drinking or using drugs. Regardless of how someone feels when they leave their inpatient or residential treatment — or even how they are progressing through outpatient treatment — urges will still happen. Ignoring this possibility can leave someone unprepared or lacking the skills to cope with these powerful feelings at the moment when it matters most.

Learning to Breathe

This may be a simple step, but it is very important nonetheless. Urges can feel overpowering. Even if someone is well-equipped to deal with an urge, they still need to feel like they have the time and ability to implement their strategies. Taking a deep breath when someone is feeling an urge will allow them some much-needed time to process the situation and act accordingly before the urges take control and turn into a relapse.

Make a Decision

After taking a deep breath, it is important to have a plan for what to do next. While this can be an active decision that employs direct confrontation to deal with the urge, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. It’s important just to make a decision — any decision — in order to place the agency of the moment back into the person’s own hands.Even deciding to play a video game or go for a walk place control of the situation back into the hands of the person, and allow time for the urge to process and pass.

If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction and need help learning how to process the urges to drink or use again, Restorations Therapy has many programs available to instill those coping skills. Each patient is different in their experience with addiction, but recovery is possible for everyone with the right, personalized treatment. To learn more about Restorations Therapy and how we can help you, call us today at (720) 446-6585.

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