RELAPSE PREVENTION – ONGOING GROUPS

Fast’s treatment program for Relapse Prevention:

Relapse is a process that begins long before chemically dependent people begin to use alcohol or other drugs. The relapse process begins when chemically dependent people begin mismanaging problems in sobriety and, as a result, feel progressive pain and discomfort in sobriety. This pain and discomfort can become so severe that they cannot live normally in recovery. In AA this called a “dry drunk.” Other people call it building up to drink (BUD). Recovering people can start hurting so bad they convince themselves that chemical use can’t be any worse than the pain of staying sober. Relapse is usually caused by a combinations of factors. Some possible factors and warning signs might be:

  • Stopping medications on one’s own or against the advice of medical professionals
  • Hanging around old drinking haunts and drug using friends – slippery places
  • Isolating – not attending meetings – not using the telephone for support
  • Keeping alcohol, drugs, and paraphernalia around the house for any reason
  • Obsessive thinking about using drugs or drinking
  • Failing to follow ones treatment plan – quitting therapy – skipping doctors appointments
  • Feeling overconfident – that you no longer need support
  • Relationship difficulties – ongoing serious conflicts – a spouse who still uses
  • Setting unrealistic goals – perfectionism – being too hard on ourselves
  • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns, personal hygiene, or energy levels
  • Feeling overwhelmed – confused – useless – stressed out
  • Constant boredom – irritability – lack of routine and structure in life
  • Sudden changes in psychiatric symptoms
  • Dwelling on resentments and past hurts – anger – unresolved conflicts
  • Avoidance – refusing to deal with personal issues and other problems of daily living
  • Engaging in obsessive behaviors – workaholism – gambling – sexual excess and acting out
  • Major life changes – loss – grief – trauma – painful emotions – winning the lottery
  • Ignoring relapse warning signs and triggers