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Importance of Relapse Prevention Therapy

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Addiction is still a serious health problem in the United States, with nearly 50 million people struggling with a substance use disorder today.1 Fortunately, for adults who need support breaking their addiction, help is available. There are many types of addiction therapies, including relapse prevention therapy, to support individuals and their families in their life-long sober journey.

At Roaring Brook Recovery, we support Kentucky residents who are struggling with an addiction to alcohol, prescription opioids, heroin, or other addictive substances. Our outpatient programs allow participants to begin working on their recovery while living at home or in a sober living community. It’s best for those who can abstain from drugs or alcohol with minimal supervision and need to continue working, going to school, or caring for children.

To see if our relapse prevention therapy is right for you, call 855.590.9944 today to schedule a tour and meet our dedicated team.

What Is Relapse Prevention Therapy?

Relapse prevention therapy is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that works to identify high-risk situations that can trigger a relapse. This includes internal and external triggers that are specific to the person. Addiction is a disease of the mind, and it can cause powerful thoughts and feelings that can trigger you to keep abusing despite any desire to quit.

This skills-based therapy works to identify each participant’s personal triggers and teaches them new ways of coping. For instance, if a person has positive thoughts about their drug or alcohol use, therapists help them find new ways of thinking about addiction. Instead of thinking, “It makes me feel good,” you learn to think, “It keeps me from being happy with who I am.”

Common Relapse Triggers

There are a number of common relapse triggers that people struggle with every day. These can include:

  • Having a stressful day at work
  • Isolating themselves out of fear of relapse
  • Feeling upset or sad for no apparent reason
  • Sitting at home alone doing nothing
  • Continuing to hang out with people who drink or use drugs
  • Going to places where they used to party

A relapse prevention program combines several different types of therapies to give you the best chances of maintaining your sobriety. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most used therapies for treating addictions. Depending on the cause, some participant’s programs may also include medication-assisted treatment, trauma therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family therapy, and holistic therapies to develop healthy life skills.

Roaring Brook Recovery delivers effective relapse prevention to Lexington residents who want help breaking their addiction and building a sober lifestyle. Our programs include group and private therapy sessions and teach participants personalized coping skills to better manage their triggers.

The Benefits of a Relapse Prevention Program

One of the biggest struggles that people face when recovering is the risk of relapse. Relapse prevention therapy works to lower that risk through tailored coping skills and improved self-confidence in ignoring internal and external triggers.

Some of the benefits of enrolling in a relapse prevention plan include:

  • Relapse prevention education – Many people today do not understand the way drugs and alcohol can affect their minds and bodies. Therapists will discuss why relapse is so prevalent after completing a recovery program and years later and teach participants how to cope with their individual triggers and symptoms.
  • A better understanding of what triggers your cravings – Participants will work privately with therapists to better understand what triggers their personal cravings. They will discuss how to stop internal and external triggers and develop coping skills for each type. This can include anything from reciting a personal mantra to quiet your mind to having a sober friend with you when visiting familiar places or people that you used to party with.
  • Improved confidence in abstaining from drugs or alcohol use – During group therapy sessions, participants will practice their coping and communication skills with their peers. This supervised practice allows them to fine-tune their coping skills and build their confidence in using them in everyday situations.

A relapse prevention program is one of the best ways for people with a substance use disorder to prevent relapsing today and long into the future. Addiction cravings never truly go away and can reappear years later. The skills you learn today can make dealing with those future cravings much easier when they appear.

Join Roaring Brook Recovery Today for Our Relapse Prevention Therapy Program

Roaring Brook Recovery is a full-service, outpatient treatment facility that works with all people with a substance use disorder. Our relapse prevention plans take into account each person’s unique experiences and length of abuse and use that information to develop a comprehensive treatment program.

To enroll in relapse prevention in Lexington, call 855.590.9944 today or use our online contact form to take that first step toward a better life.


1. USA Today