Most addicts would agree that recovery is a journey and not a destination. Once outside of a recovery center, past clients come face-to-face with situations they once associated with substance abuse. If the treatment center properly educated them about relapse warning signs and triggers, they have a better chance of successfully navigating the issue.
Common Triggers for Relapse Warning Signs
Although relapse triggers vary among addicts, they’re usually based on old coping habits.
Some common triggers include:
- Negative Emotions
- Peer Pressure
- Death or Divorce
- Financial Difficulties
- Health Problems
Relapse Warning Signs
If you find yourself in the following situations, it may be time to get some extra support.
- Isolating yourself from healthy friends and family
- Skipping your 12-step meetings for no reason
- Seeking out old friends and situations that previously enabled your use
- Lying about your whereabouts when people ask where you’ve been
What To Do If You Think You May Be Relapsing
It’s never too late to choose a different path. If you find yourself needing some relapse prevention support, some places to find help are:
- Your sponsor: They’ve been down the same road and can help you cope.
- The nearest 12-step meeting: Being around those who have been where you are can be extremely motivating.
- Your counselor: If you don’t have one, a quick call to a qualified addiction treatment center is a good place to start.
If you’re a male and those options don’t seem to be enough, or you’ve already broken your sobriety, we can help. Even if you’re not a former guest of Serenity Lodge, we’re still happy to help you on your recovery journey.
Showing Relapse Warning Signs? Get Treatment
If you’re showing relapse warning signs, you should get treatment fast. The key to relapse prevention is therapy. After going through withdrawal during detox, therapy addresses the psychological roots of substance abuse.
One relapse prevention method is behavioral therapy, an evidence-based method that retrains your brain to eliminate self-destructive behaviors. The goal of behavioral therapy is to cultivate permanent, positive coping mechanisms for your triggers. The other common type of relapse prevention therapy is holistic healing, which includes expressive art, massage and meditation. Holistic methods center on positive experiences that act as coping mechanisms. Holistic healing allows patients to clear their minds and express themselves, helping clients overcome the mental triggers of their substance abuse.
Group therapy brings together patients as peers working on recovering from substance abuse. With a therapist, the group works toward sobriety by sharing and building on their collective experiences with substance abuse. Group therapy also features heavily in outpatient treatment, which focuses on ensuring your sobriety sticks after leaving inpatient rehab. Therapies offered to clients at Serenity Lodge include, but aren’t limited to:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT, a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) asks people to alter negative behaviors. ACT at a substance abuse treatment center improves clients’ well-being by teaching them how to overcome negative thoughts and feelings.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT therapists help substance abusers develop coping strategies to discourage negative behavior. Clients also learn new, more highly productive ways to deal with life without coping with substance abuse.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
- Family Support Program
- Group Therapy Program
- 12-Step Meetings
Our tranquil 22-acre facility boasts amenities such as private Client rooms, a professional recording studio, pool, library, sauna, fitness center, and many more amenities to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible.
At Serenity Lodge, you’ll never be far from help, even after you leave treatment. After you’ve graduated our program, our doors remain open to you in the form of classes, workshops and access to counselors should you need them.
You don’t have to wait until a relapse creates added chaos in your life. Call Serenity Lodge today at 866.379.4365 to learn how we can stand with you in your fight to remain healthy and sober.