Maintain Sobriety With These Relapse Prevention Tips

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RAD Living Residences are established sober living homes in Sherman Oaks, California. Our main goal is to help all of our residents achieve long lasting sobriety. We know that treatment and relapse prevention isn’t always easy, and is a journey, not a destination. We also know that relapse can come in many different shapes and sizes (everyone and their addiction is different). There is emotional relapse, mental relapse, and physical relapse. 

An emotional relapse is when an individual’s behavior/ emotions are setting them up for future relapse. Some signs of emotional relapse all revolve around denial and can include, but are not limited to: isolating oneself, refusing to show emotion/bottling them up, poor self-care, etc. 

A mental relapse is when there is a war going on within an individual’s mind. Part of them feels tempted to use and the other part of them does not want to use. The signs of a mental relapse include, but are not limited to: craving for the substance, thinking about things such as people or places that have to do with the substance, lying , scheming, planning a relapse, etc. 

A physical relapse is when an individual actually starts to use drugs or alcohol again.

What Is Relapse Prevention?

According to the National Institute of Health, there are four main ideas of relapse prevention. The first idea is that relapse is a gradual process with different/distinct stages. It is important for individuals to recognize early stages, and treatment can help with that. This helps the client have a greater chance of success in regards to relapse. The second idea is that recovery is a process/journey. This process has many different developmental milestones that can have an impact on personal growth. The third idea describes the main tools of relapse prevention. These tools are used to develop healthy coping skills, and they include things such as cognitive therapy and body-mind relaxation. The fourth idea is that most relapses can be explained within a few basic rules. These rules include: 1) changing your life (creating a new life for yourself is key to maintaining sobriety and preventing future relapse), 2) being completely honest with yourself and others, 3) asking for help when needed, 4) practicing self-care and well-being, and 5) no bending the rules. 

Strong Relapse Prevention Strategies

There are five different rules for recovery. These rules can help with relapse prevention and include:

  1. Changing Your Life – This is known as one of the most important rules of recovery. It is important for individual’s suffering from an addiction to completely change their life. This life change will help to maintain sobriety and prevent a future relapse. This change can be implementing a completely new sober lifestyle and may even mean that you have to change who you spend your time with.
  2. Being Completely Honest With Yourself and Others – Lying is a huge part of addiction, whether this is lying to others or lying to oneself. When an individual recovering from an addiction cannot be honest, this may be a sign of an emotional relapse. 
  3. Asking for Help When Needed – Some individuals start the recovery process by themselves, which can be extremely difficult. Getting involved in a social support group may increase the chance of long term recovery and provide accountability. Being an active participant in this group is crucial for growth and development within this new lifestyle. 
  4. Practicing Self-care and Wellness – Individuals going through the recovery process should find time to relax, because stress can cause a future relapse. It is important to develop new healthy habits in this time of change and find things/hobbies that oneself truly enjoys to do.
  5. Not Bending the Rules – It is important for individuals to follow this pattern/rule and not try and do it their way or a lukewarm way. This may sabotage the recovery process and lead to a relapse. It is also important when clients ask for professional help they take the advice they get instead of ignoring it. 

Maintain Sobriety at RAD Living Residences

Contact us today at RAD Living to learn more about our sober living homes. Located in Sherman Oaks, California, we have a three phase model for all our male residences. We believe that privileges should be earned, not just handed out. Our homes provide recovering addicts with a safe environment to live in while achieving long term sobriety.