The goal of drug and alcohol addiction therapy is to stop using. Over time, stress, life’s challenges, and changes in overall health create obstacles to that. When a person wants to maintain sober living, they need tools to make that possible. With relapse prevention therapy, that is a key focus. This type of program provided during treatment at Blueprint Recovery, as well as aftercare, may help prevent relapse.
What Is Relapse Prevention Therapy?
Overcoming addiction takes more than just willpower. It takes tools and strategies to help a person battle daily challenges. In relapse prevention therapy, individuals learn how to achieve this. Having a set of tools to use can enable them to make better decisions.
Sobriety is hard to achieve in the first place. With tools available, it’s possible to avoid falling back into the same habits. In relapse prevention therapy, an essential goal is to give you actionable strategies you can use to prevent relapse. This may include:
- Trigger preparation: Triggers are people, places, experiences, or things that make a person remember or want to use. In relapse prevention, you learn what these are to you. You then develop tools to avoid them. For example, you may need to avoid certain places or people.
- Stress management skills: Stress is a part of most people’s lives, but for a person with an addiction, it can be a critical factor in relapse. To maintain sober living, individuals learn how to manage stress effectively. This may include learning how to look for the positive or reduce stress with meditation.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy: This type of therapy helps to prepare a person for real-life situations. Sometimes roleplay can be a part of it. The goal is to ensure when challenges arise, you know how to handle those challenges, change negative thoughts, and avoid poor decisions.
What Are the Benefits of Relapse Prevention Therapy?
The goal is simple – having a way to avoid using again. There are other benefits as well, including:
- Gaining confidence
- Exploring new ways to think about challenges
- Developing better communication skills
- Maintaining mental health and physical health
- Achieving sober living goals
Most often, this therapy is a part of addiction treatment. However, most people continue through aftercare. This is a type of treatment that continues, often on a less frequent basis, after a person leaves standard care. Aftercare allows you to come back for ongoing support as often as necessary. Relapse prevention therapy can also be continued into aftercare to reinforce those important values.
A Component of Addiction Treatment
A significant part of daily life in recovery is recognizing challenges and handling them well. No matter what is done in therapy, there will be stressful moments, heartbreaks, and instances when using may seem like the better option. With this therapy, along with the others provided, a person is more capable of making the right decision not to use.
At Blueprint Recovery, we offer a range of resources to help in achieving those goals. That includes therapy programs such as:
- Trauma therapy program
- Dialectical behavior program
- Group therapy program
- Individual therapy program
- Family therapy program
In addition to this, individuals work closely with professionals who can guide and support them positively. There is always help available even when relapse seems like the only option. Our qualified professionals offer supportive and flexible treatment that encourages sober living for years to come.
Seek Support Now – Call Blueprint Recovery
Relapse prevention therapy is one of the services we provide at Blueprint Recovery as a tool to help people maintain a sober living lifestyle. For individuals seeking aftercare or support after they leave formal therapy, our team is here to help. Call us at 833.654.1004 or connect online to gain insights into the opportunities available.