Relapse Prevention Tips
One of the biggest goals of drug addiction counseling is to help patients avoid relapse. But relapse prevention is something that needs to be worked at every day, because many challenges like post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) make it difficult to resist the temptation of relapse. Still, you can stay sober after getting sober at a Pompano treatment center. We share relapse prevention tips along with signs of relapse to keep a lookout for.
How to Prevent Relapse – Understanding PAWS
Preventing relapse starts with understanding how a relapse occurs. It’s not just a split-second moment – usually a relapse builds with smaller cravings or behaviors, and the situation progresses. After completing drug detox in Pompano, you may still have cravings to use. These cravings are behavioral, and they can also be physical like with PAWS, where physical and mental cravings persist for months after getting sober due to neurological changes that occurred during addiction.1
PAWS is just one factor contributing to relapse, changes in environment can also be problematic in staying sober. Spending time with the people that you used with or in the places where you used to use can challenge your sobriety and increase risks of relapse.
Signs of Relapse
Because relapse is a long process, understanding the early signs of potential relapse can help you avoid the situation altogether.
Early signs of relapse include:
- Losing touch with the recovery community, such as skipping out on meetings
- Experiencing negative emotions like anxiety, depression, or boredom2
- Misremembering active use as more positive than it truly was
- Thinking about using drugs or alcohol all the time
- Major changes in sleep patterns or other routines
Relapse Prevention Tips
Relapse prevention is possible. With support from mental health and addiction professionals, you can avoid relapse. Recognizing the early signs of relapse is one important step in combating this dangerous situation.
Additional steps for avoiding relapse include:
- Going to meetings and staying active in the recovery community
- Sticking to a healthy and sober routine
- Avoiding triggering people, places, or things
- Removing the temptation of drug use
- Preforming self-assessments and being honest with yourself
Contact us for more tips on relapse prevention, along with learning more about our treatment services at Portner Counseling Group.
1. Very Well Mind – Why Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) Can Be a Barrier to Recovery
Casey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional. Casey has spent more than 10 years working with individuals with addiction and co-occurring disorders, providing individual and group therapy, consultation and assessment, and case management in both a hospital and outpatient setting.