Relapse Prevention Group Therapy
Relapse prevention planning is one of the most important steps in the addiction journey. 10 Acre Ranch helps recovering addicts prepare for success after treatment by developing customized relapse prevention plans. During process groups, participants learn to recognize addiction triggers, develop problem-solving and coping skills, and avoid high-risk situations that could lead to substance relapse. A return to addiction causes additional pain, heartache, and treatment—so relapse avoidance is emphasized throughout every phase of our rehab program for men.
Common Relapse Triggers
There are many emotional and situational triggers that precede relapse. Awareness is the first step to prevention. Common triggers include:
- Self-pity and unrealistic expectations. When life after rehab is harder than expected, some people feel sorry for themselves and lose the urge to battle their addiction.
- Family & friendships. Some relationships are toxic. These relationships must be severed, avoided, or managed with counseling to avoid a repeated cycle of addiction.
- Co-occurring illness. Patients dealing with co-occurring disorders need treatment for their illness and their chemical dependency. If the disease or mental illness is not addressed alongside the addiction, relapse is more likely.
- Old hangouts. Often, recovering addicts must avoid the people and places that remind them of their past. It is important to develop a substance-free zone for socialization and steer clear of bars, parties, and other temptations.
- Stress & fear. Even the smallest stressors can lead clients down a dark path if they have not learned effective stress management techniques. Stress management is taught and practiced in the 10 Acre Ranch group therapy setting.
Relapse Prevention Leads to Lifelong Recovery
During the initial stages of addiction recovery, it can seem difficult just to get out of bed. Many residents face anxiety, depression, and the pain of wondering how they will make it through the day. Though post-recovery planning is not at the top of mind during this stage, group members must begin planning ahead for relapse prevention. Returning home, to the workplace, or to social situations will be overwhelming—and it is easy to slip back into old behavior patterns. Together, process group members learn from and support one another as they develop individualized post-treatment plans. To experience our social treatment model or learn more about insurance and admissions, dial 1-877-228-4679 or fill out an online inquiry form and a team member will be in touch promptly.