As drug abusers are pulled by the grips of drugs and alcohol deeper into the cycle of addiction, they tend to lose their ability to interact effectively with those around them. Being able to get along and understand those who have shared some of the same problems is a step forward. Many treatment programs will teach you the skills you will need to work successfully back into your life and to help you gain the strength that could assist you in relapse prevention.
Strength for Relapse Prevention
You have made it through detox, the programs, the counseling and all that rehabilitation offers. While those are critical to regaining health and being drug and alcohol-free, so are the steps vital to helping prevent a relapse.
A relapse prevention program that is designed for the individual, and targets the known causes that could sabotage a full recovery is as critical as were the early days of rehabilitation. You will need an aftercare staff who can address patterns and causes, professionals who know you and the steps to recovery you have already taken.
An aftercare program should not be responsible for making your decisions to live a drug-free life, nor should they ever make you feel like you are all alone in making those decisions. Anytime you feel at risk of a relapse an aftercare staff member is only a phone call away.
The recovering drug and alcohol abuser can learn how to effectively address and avoid issues that may result in a relapse. The goal is to regain personal control of your life without the influence of drugs or alcohol. Knowing how to address the issues to keep control of a drug-free lifestyle is the key step to gaining strength to prevent a relapse, and then keeping that mentality for the long haul will be critical to recovery. Temptations will come up from time-to-time throughout life that could pull you back into the cycle of drugs or alcohol. Something will go wrong that will make you want to give up. An aftercare program will be beneficial in helping you avoid this possibility.
A good recovery program will teach the client how to handle difficult issues that will arise once they get back home and resume their day-to-day living. The ability to address an issue is a critical step to recovery, whether it is a relationship problem, finances, jobs, or any other matter that can detour them back into a life of drugs or alcohol. Relapse prevention teaches you how to handle these issues. Once an issue is handled, a solution can be found and adapted to where it is no longer a problem.
Regaining Control of Life
Regaining control of life is one of the last steps to full recovery. Professional facilities will teach individuals how to regain self-control and complete control of their lives. They work in group settings to teach clients how to be entirely responsible for staying in a drug and alcohol-free environment. A professional supervisor and counselor are always on hand to help work through the issues that can cause a relapse and offer the help you need to reach your new goals in life.
Treating each person as an individual through a tailored and custom designed program is the secret to the successful recovery of clients. The person has a much greater chance of recovery with the strength to prevent a relapse completing a treatment program. Being prepared for life after rehabilitation is a big part of recovery and a successful step to a better quality of life.