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Drug and Alcohol Addiction: How to Prevent a Relapse

When you’re in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, the risk of relapse always looms. Around 50% of people with an addiction eventually relapse, despite their best intentions.

While long-term sobriety can be difficult to achieve, it’s not impossible. There are things you can do to prevent a relapse and maintain your recovery. 

Our team of substance abuse specialists at Pain and Recovery Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, knows how challenging it can be to recover from an addiction. We offer relapse-prevention programs that give you the support you need to make a complete recovery. 

Here are just some of the tools you can use to help prevent a relapse. 

Undergo medical detox

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol comes with many uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, from sweating and headaches to seizures and hallucinations. When you attempt to detox on your own, it can be tempting to use just to make the symptoms go away.

When you undergo medical detox, you take prescription medications that help to minimize withdrawal symptoms so that you’re comfortable while you detox. This can help you to more successfully detox from drugs and alcohol while under the supervision of our team, making you less likely to relapse.

Take part in individual and group therapy

Therapy is vital to relapse prevention. Through individual and group therapy, you can learn to recognize your triggers for substance use and develop skills that help you cope when you encounter those triggers. 

Whether you participate in an intensive outpatient treatment program like ours or another type of addiction treatment, therapy can help you address the underlying reasons for your substance use and process those issues so you no longer feel the urge to use.

Get needed support

Key to preventing relapse is having a strong support structure around you. If you feel tempted to use, have people you can reach out to who understand your struggle and are there to support you. 

Whether that’s attending 12-step meetings or other support groups, only spending time with sober friends and family, or getting involved with healthy activities that keep you distracted and fulfilled, you’ll need support on your journey to recovery.

Admitting you relapsed is never easy, but it does happen. If you want to strengthen your relapse-prevention plan to lessen your risk of relapse, we’re here to help. Contact us by phone or online to get started today.

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