When it comes to recovery, most people think of it as a “destination”. More accurately, it’s a journey, and the last thing we want is for our Guests to lose themselves on the road. That’s why our staff teaches our Guests relapse prevention techniques.

Inevitably, people, places and things evoke an urge to use during the recovery process. At Serenity Lodge, our experienced counselors—many of whom underwent their own recovery journeys—teach strategies to cope with those triggers. Understanding the motivation behind your addiction promotes progress.

What Is Relapse Prevention?

Whether individuals have been sober for 10 years or 10 days, the risk of relapse will always exist. Even after years of sobriety, triggers and temptations never truly go away. For this reason, it's vital that Guests at Serenity Lodge receive comprehensive relapse prevention education. Relapse prevention involves developing a plan to cope with stressful situations and triggers that may arise post-treatment. With help of therapists and counselors—many of whom are in active recovery and have been in your shoes—individuals will have a comprehensive game plan for navigating everyday life.

Possible Relapse Warning Signs

Regardless of where you are in your recovery, it's important to know possible relapse signs. The sooner you recognize them, the better your chances will be to overcome them. During relapse prevention planning, you'll learn about possible red flags that could lead to a setback. Some signs include:

  • Beginning to miss recovery support meetings
  • Thinking about times you had fun abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Withdrawing from social interaction
  • Becoming overconfident in your sobriety
  • Hanging with old friends who still actively use

Resources for Combating Relapse

Initially, Guests will collaborate with trusted professionals to develop a baseline strategy for relapse prevention during addiction therapy. Keep in mind, however, that recovery is a journey and not a destination. It takes ongoing maintenance to ensure that you stay on the right path.

Even after treatment at Serenity Lodge ends, Guests can still take advantage of numerous addiction recovery resources, including:

If you’re a man or woman looking to begin or continue on the path to recovery, Serenity Lodge’s amenity-rich, 22-acre property in Lake Arrowhead is the perfect destination. Call us today at 866.379.4365