Alcohol and Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention

Substance abuse negatively affects millions of individuals and their families, employers, and colleagues. The destructive impact of chemical dependency influences every aspect of a person's life including: emotional, social, educational and physical.

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Treatment is crucial, and central to recovery is the understanding that the goal of sobriety or abstinence is a life-long process. Relapse is a setback to an unwanted behavior. Many individuals in the recovery process of substance abuse will experience a relapse at some point in their recovery. The focus of relapse prevention at Balance Treatment Center is to provide our clients with the necessary skills to prevent a lapse or a total relapse from occurring.

Relapse Prevention

Individuals seeking help with their chemical dependency struggle may enter Balance Treatment Center following acute detoxification. At Balance we understand that many individuals are facing ongoing battles with both substance abuse and mental health issues and that these struggles are not independent of each other. At Balance we offer integrated treatment for individuals with dual diagnosis.

Effective treatment requires an active role from the client and from our clinicians at Balance. Relapse prevention will be systematically addressed throughout treatment with targeted interventions and skills training such as mindfulness meditation, coping skills training, and cue exposure therapy.

Our goal at Balance is to mentally prepare clients and to help prevent the possibility of a relapse by teaching our clients how to anticipate high-risk situations and effectively cope with these situations. We will design a treatment plan that delivers each individual the proper tools to prevent the ongoing threat of relapse.

Prevention Techniques

The goals in the treatment of chemical dependency are abstinence and the maintenance of a healthy and productive life as a clean and sober person. One of the primary ways to achieve these goals lies in the use of relapse prevention techniques and procedures.

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Meditation in its various forms promotes relaxation, stress reduction, and shifting one's focus toward acceptance. Through meditation exercises at Balance, clients can develop a stronger connection between the psychological and physiological systems. Our mindfulness meditation groups train clients to take an active role in observing their internal and external experiences with acceptance as the undercurrent in stressful situations. Through meditation exercises our clinicians will help clients increase their self-regulatory skills by developing a stronger belief in themselves and the value of struggle in daily life. This is particularly relevant to the treatment of substance abuse in that stressful situations can often provoke or trigger the potential for a relapse.

Coping Skills Training

One of the most useful techniques in treatment of chemical dependency is coping skills training. The purpose of coping skills training is to build and practice alternative responses to high-risk situations. Our team at Balance Treatment Center employs a broad variety of coping skills including: positive thinking, negative thinking, distraction/substitution, avoidance, nutrition, exercise, cognitive distraction, anger management, decision making training, planning for emergencies, enhancing social support network, managing urges and cravings, and social skills training.

Having a good support system can be vital in maintaining sobriety. It is helpful to include one's spouse/family in behavioral therapy as a part a relapse prevention treatment. Our program at Balance includes multi-family group therapy to help build and strengthen support systems. The goal is to improve communication, identify relationship problems that may trigger a relapse episode, and develop reinforcing consequences for abstinence.

Teaching clients to recognize and identify high-risk situations for relapse is an important tool for the maintenance of sobriety. Some common high-risk situations are: negative emotional states, interpersonal conflict, and direct or indirect social pressure. Our team at Balance will work with clients to help them learn to recognize these situations.

Group therapy

Group therapy

Group therapy as a relapse prevention technique is also effective in the treatment of a variety of types of substance abuse. Group therapy can take various forms to ensure the development of different skills in an effort to achieve and maintain abstinence. At Balance Treatment Center, group therapy can include cognitive-behavioral therapy, interactional therapy, process groups, coping skills, assertiveness training, stress management, social skills training, job skills, leisure planning, leisure skills, occupational therapy and family support groups.

Individual therapy

Individual therapy enables clients to process and cope with issues related to their chemical use history by taking into consideration the unique needs of every individual and incorporating relapse prevention techniques as they relate to those specific needs. Clients at Balance Treatment Center will participate daily in individual therapy to offer a more in-depth approach to dealing with struggles surrounding chemical dependency. This will allow our skilled clinicians to identify relapse prevention techniques that are particularly relevant for each client learning to cope with their personal triggers to relapse.

The long term goal of Balance Treatment Center is to see our clients achieving optimal functioning in all areas and phases of their lives... basically to be living the best life that they possibly can.
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