Strong Foundation for Drug Treatment Aftercare
Addiction is extremely complex, and unfortunately, many of those affected by addiction experience relapse. At Footprints Beachside Recovery in Treasure Island, Florida, clients learn that relapse is a process, and not an event. Sometimes, that process can start weeks or even months before the physical relapse. Many addiction rehab & treatment centers only focus on treating substance abuse but not substance abuse relapse prevention. At Footprints, we believe that the goal of relapse prevention plan is to proactively address potential challenges and issues before they occur. That’s why we set our clients up with a strong foundation and relapse prevention plan in aftercare before they leave our treatment center.
What are the three stages of relapse?
Many people think that relapse is a choice that many recovering addicts make. Relapses are much more complicated in reality. The three major stages of relapse that recovering addicts face are emotional, mental, and physical.
Phase 1: Emotional Relapse
Emotional relapse is the first stage of relapse. When someone ignores their feelings during the recovery process, they are making it easier for negative emotions to sneak in and influence their decision-making process. To combat emotional relapse, coping skills that are taught during rehabilitation should be called upon.
Phase 2: Mental Relapse
The second stage of relapse is mental. Ignoring one’s emotions leads to this stage of relapse. Skipping group or individual therapy is often a warning sign. To help prevent mental relapse, a change of scenery or a short-term distraction could help.
Phase 3: Physical Relapse
The final stage of relapse is what most people often misidentify as the only step in the process: physical relapse. When the first two stages of relapse occur, physical relapse beings to occur.
Florida Relapse Prevention Planning and Development at Footprints
It is important to have a relapse prevention plan in place while still in treatment. Through unique and individualized relapse prevention plans, clients can identify the early stages of relapse, and have the tools to practice self-care, manage stress and avoid those pitfalls in the future. For more information on how our program helps reduce the risk of substance abuse relapse, learn more about Footprints’ approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.