Addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease. So how should addicts and their loved ones handle the ongoing risk of addiction relapse?
The Risk of Addiction Relapse
There's always a risk for addiction relapse. Addicts know it. Their loved ones know it. And addiction treatment professionals know it too. Even if a person has been sober and in recovery for many years there is still a risk for addiction relapse. Sure, it’s a lower risk than somebody who just got sober last month or last week or yesterday. But the risk is still there. And it's still high enough to heed.
Indeed, there's no such thing as "past" the relapse stage. And addicts and their loved ones need to remember that, at every stage of recovery. They also need to accept that fact. Because a heaping healthy dose of acceptance can go a long, long way in reducing the risk of addiction relapse.
With acceptance comes vigilance. Or it should anyway. If you really want to impact the risk of addiction relapse. And by vigilant we mean avoiding the triggers and temptations which increase the risk of addiction relapse. Here are a few high risk situations to avoid -- or at least to be mindful of.
Relapse Prevention should be an integral part of addiction treatment. In fact, it must be. That's why we at Recovery Boot Camp work with you on Relapse Prevention from day one!
How? Via our one-of-a-kind Basic Training Program. Basic Training break down A.A.'s 12 Step program into carefully sequenced group sessions, then comprehensively guides the client through each and every one of those bountiful Steps. The goal is to give each client a distinct understanding of the events that should be occurring on his 12 Step journey. It's also to help ensure those events occur to begin with. Basic Training enables our clients to identify their problem, define their solution, and gather insight into actions that will help them realize successful relapse prevention techniques.
Every RBC client receives a thorough working knowledge of A.A.'s Big Book, as well as an acute understanding what mental state precedes a relapse. In other words, RBC's Relapse Prevention program ensures that our clients are properly armed with the facts -- about themselves, about addiction, and about addiction relapse.
Relapse Prevention Overview
One Basic Training cycle takes the alcoholic and addict through each of the 12 Steps and beyond. It's a deep dive into Stepwork. Facilitated by a staff who've thoroughly worked the Steps, and who've discovered how the Steps work in their lives. We work chronologically from the Big Book, as well as from The Steps We Took. And the one-two punch provides our clients with all of A.A.'s practical relapse prevention strategies. Call it a cognitive program of action. And call it a good bit of history that harkens to a great future.
Again, it's a deep dive into Stepwork. RBC's relapse prevention facilitators discuss each of the 12 Steps in detail, explain how best to work them, and then reveal why it is necessary to complete them all. It's an interactive undertaking, as educational as it is essential. And it reaps real rewards.
Relapse Prevention doesn’t however replace the sponsor-sponsee relationship. If anything, it enhances that relationship. In fact, it both reinforces the principles of the 12 Step program and serves as a resource for any recovery-seeking addict or alcoholic.
RBC's addiction relapse prevention program also gives clients a chance to ask questions about their Stepwork and to seek recovery advice from their peers, facilitators and counselors. That not only makes for an immersive, practical, and educational approach to recovery, but it also helps enrich and cement their own 12 Step experience.
Addicts and alcoholics should maintain their recovery program to decrease their risk of relapse. Sure, a person's recovery program will evolve and change. But recovery should always be a part of their daily/weekly routine, regardless of how long a person has been sober.
If however addiction relapse does happen, seek help immediately. Call your sponsor. Call a sober friend. Or call a supportive loved one. If need be, call 911. Whoever you need to help you do whatever it takes to stop the relapse in its tracks. And whatever you do, don't be ashamed. Relapse happens. But it doesn't mean you're a bad person. It doesn't have to keep you from long-term recovery either. And it most certainly doesn't have to define you.
If you or your loved one is battling addiction, please give us a call. We want to help. In fact, that's what we're here for.