Recovery from a substance use disorder can be a challenging road. Unfortunately, relapse is sometimes an obstacle on this journey, but with the right treatment program in place, recovery after relapse is possible.
At Lake Ave Recovery, our doctorate and master’s level clinicians are well-informed and experienced in triggers and possible causes of relapse. We work with each client on an individual level to get them back on the journey to long-term recovery. Below, our expert staff shares some productive ways of handling a relapse.
Acknowledge the Relapse
It’s important to accept that a relapse has occurred and to avoid self-blame or guilt. Acknowledging the relapse can help you identify triggers or situations that may have led to the relapse and create a plan to prevent them in the future. It’s essential, to be honest with yourself about what happened and take responsibility for your actions. Take time to reflect on what led to the relapse and identify any warning signs that you may have missed. This will help you to avoid similar situations in the future.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to your support system, such as a therapist, sponsor, or support group, to help you navigate the recovery process. It’s important to be honest and open with your support system about the relapse and ask for help when needed. The sooner you get help, the sooner you will be able to get back on the recovery path. At Lake Ave Recovery, we will stand by you throughout your recovery process, even through aftercare as an alumnus.
Review and revise your recovery plan.
Your team at Lake Ave Recovery may work with you on an individual level to revise your treatment plan to address the issues that led to the relapse. Working with our clinicians and addiction specialists, we can create a plan with specific goals, strategies, and accountability measures. This may involve changes in your daily routine, avoiding certain people or situations, or developing new coping skills.
Engage in activities that promote self-care, such as exercise, mindfulness, or hobbies that you enjoy. Taking care of your physical and emotional health can help you manage stress and reduce the likelihood of future relapses. Recovery after a relapse can be emotionally and physically draining. Take care of yourself by eating well, getting enough sleep, and engaging in regular exercise or relaxation activities.
Recovery is a process, and setbacks can be discouraging. However, it’s essential to stay motivated and remember your reasons for seeking recovery in the first place. Focus on your progress and the positive changes you’ve made, and use the relapse as a learning opportunity to strengthen your recovery.
Why Choose Lake Ave Recovery?
At Lake Avenue Recovery, we believe in providing each person who walks through our doors with personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care because you are more than a statistic. We create a plan of care based on the person’s individual needs in recovery and reject the idea of a “one-size-fits-all” system.
Our skilled medical and clinical staff use a comprehensive assessment to determine which level of treatment would be most suitable to ensure your loved one gets the help they deserve. Individuals will have the choice between Day Treatment Program/Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Evening Treatment Program, and a flexible Outpatient Program.
We strongly believe in the importance of recovery maintenance and will continue to guide you on your journey even after you complete your treatment program, through aftercare planning and support group suggestions.