Do You Need Relapse Prevention Therapy?

Why Do You Need Relapse Prevention Therapy?

When you’re treating an addiction to drugs and alcohol relapse prevention therapy and be important in avoiding relapse. A relapse occurs when the addict in recovery returns to the addictive behavior, meaning he starts drinking or using drugs again. Many addicts relapse on drugs and alcohol due to acting out on old behaviors.


Some of the signs that precede a relapse:

  • Angry or disgruntled behavior (yelling – lying – angered easily – emotional)

    The Relapse Prevention Therapy is unique because it's a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy
    Relapse Prevention Therapy is unique because it’s a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Coming in at all hours of the night.
  • Trying to hide where there going
  • Hanging out with old friends
  • Not joining in family affairs
  • Hiding in their room all the time

Understanding relapse from the parents point of view

Most parents will tell you; when they first receive your loved one back from a substance abuse treatment program, they appear healthy looking and like their old selves. Parents of addicts learn very quickly that the work their loved one needs to do isn’t over yet. Once their son or daughter relapses, they won’t come clean about it, until they need help. This is why it’s important that parents and loved ones support their loved one through the process of after care and 12 Step Meetings.

When you’re treating an addiction, it’s important to take the time and focus on the things that might trigger a relapse. Things that may trigger a relapse are people and places or a simple conjunction of feelings and emotions. All these together, may lead you to a relapse.

There are different relapse prevention strategies that work very well to prevent a drug relapse or an addiction relapse in general. The Relapse Prevention Therapy is unique because it’s a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Otherwise known as (CBT) Developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck, Cognitive Therapy (CT), or Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), was developed in the 1960’s and has been extensively researched. Simply put, this therapy defends that you need to learn the process in order to identify the patterns and change the behavior that may lead to a relapse. This means that you can, and should, develop a relapse prevention plan in order to know how to deal with high-risk situations in advance.

Relapse Prevention Therapy

During the Relapse Prevention Therapy, people who are recovering from either a drug or alcohol addiction will be asked to identify the main problems that led them to their addiction in the first place. Only when they get to the bottom of this question, as well as to the way they felt before, during and after using the substance, is when they can create their own relapse prevention plan.

For some people their mind is their worst enemy, but they can combat this with meditation or relaxing activities, for others their trigger is emotional. They just stop eating right, start to be mad and anxious all the time, start to isolate from the rest of the world. The fact that the recovering addict is near their old friends and the places they used to be at might lead them to a relapse. By knowing their behaviors and being able to anticipate how they would act before and how they should act now, makes all the difference in the process.

The way the Relapse Prevention Therapy looks at relapses is a bit different from the ways you’re used to seeing. They see relapse as a way to learn from experience to avoid the same situation in the future. You should never feel guilty or a failure because you just had a relapse. The important thing is to acknowledge it as soon as possible, get the help you need and continue with the process.

Here is an 8 page document by the Yale Jornal of Medicine if you with to read it



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4 thoughts on “Do You Need Relapse Prevention Therapy?

  1. I believe that therapy is necessary when it comes to drug addiction. However my experience is working 12 steps and not counting on relapse prevention to save my life. Just Saying…

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