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Relapse Prevention Plan

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to preventing relapse that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since relapsing can affect every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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What Causes Relapse from Addiction

After someone goes through detoxification from drugs or alcohol and gets treatment for the disease, relapse becomes a significant concern for the individual. Studies show that an estimated ⅔ of individuals in recovery relapse within weeks to months of beginning treatment of addiction. There must be a plan to reduce the likelihood of relapse, which is not attributed to just one event. 

Some of the causes of relapse include:

  • Stress
  • Money problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Smells/triggering environments
  • Isolation
  • Poor self-care
  • Undiagnosed mental health problems
  • Pride/overconfidence

Keep in mind, just because someone relapses doesn’t mean the recovery has failed.

Recognizing the Signs of Mental Relapse

There are usually signs and red flags apparent to help prevent relapse or recognize when there’s a risk. Some of the most obvious signs include a behavioral change to a person’s old ways, a change in actions and emotions, and a return to the drug, which they may try to disguise. 

Before a physical relapse occurs, there is a mental relapse that can be observed. These include:

  • Lying/Deceitfulness
  • Obsessing about old people, places, and things a person used with
  • Thinking about relapsing
  • Avoiding responsibilities and commitments within the recovery community
  • Alienating from sober friends and support
  • Minimizing adverse consequences from past use
  • Hanging out with non-sober friends or acquaintances

Relapse Prevention Plan

Before the above-mentioned occurs, it’s crucial to have a relapse prevention plan that can be set up after recovery, so the risk remains low. A good plan includes prevention strategies such as recognizing certain triggers, tools, and methods for coping with stress and triggers (which may involve counseling with a therapist weekly), and a maintenance plan for daily life. Establishing a healthy lifestyle with self-improvement goals and communication ideas for family and loved ones is also essential to the plan.

A relapse prevention plan template may look like this:

Step 1: Identify personal goals in recovery and motivations for positive change.

Step 2: Create a plan to manage cravings and triggers by labeling specific challenges and methods for overcoming them.

Step 3: Discover ways to improve self-care and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Step 4: Prepare communication tools and establish a support system.

Step 5: Devise strategies in keeping the individual accountable to the plan.

A relapse prevention plan has many benefits in improving all aspects of an addict’s life. When a person refers to the plan when temptations arise, they have something to focus on, a goal to accomplish, and the confidence to continue with their sobriety.

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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Steps Recovery Centers guarantee that any person who completes any of our programs are welcome to come to our weekly aftercare group for additional support at no charge for life.

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