relapse prevention

How Can Relapse Be Avoided?

For those suffering from a substance use disorder, the threat of relapse can feel omnipresent. Family and friends may worry that one wrong move will spell the end of their loved one’s sobriety. Relapse can hurt everyone involved and cause meaningful, long-term relationships to fall by the wayside. The tug of alcohol or drugs on…

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What Can I Expect From Life After Treatment?

Following residential treatment, the idea of returning to regular or familiar routines and surroundings can be worrying. Understandably, leaving an environment that has offered support and safety from which to begin your journey to sobriety and wellness may seem scary. After all, your time spent in rehabilitation offered a highly structured program of clinical and…

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What Helps Boost Recovery from Heroin Addiction? 

The consequences of using heroin are heavy for people who experience the drug for the first time or multiple times. Overdose is a real threat, as with relapses, when people are trying to get clean. It can be a very difficult drug to quit using. Post-treatment challenges have no easy answers, but there are some…

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Relapse is Not the End of Your Recovery Story: Here’s Why

When people hear the word relapse, they think that means the end of recovery. Some other words that might pop into a person’s head are failure, shame, regret, and other negative connotations which are only slightly true and relevant. Words have a way of harming people when they get stuck in their head and are…

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Summertime Relapse Triggers Are Real: How to Sidestep Them and Stay Sober

Summer is a time of happiness and joy, lots of sunshine and fun ahead. The challenge for people in recovery is to figure out how to be sober through a summer when it seems everyone is drinking or doing things that trigger you. Summertime relapse triggers are possible but you don’t have to give into…

therapist making list of symptoms of patient that are the warning signs of relapse

What Are the Warning Signs of Relapse?

Relapse is common with over 90% of people in recovery from heroin addiction relapsing at some point. People who struggle with other addictions are also at risk of relapse in early recovery, especially, but also at any other point, as well. It may feel easy to miss the warning signs of relapse if you are…

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What’s Considered Risky Behavior in Recovery?

Risky behavior in recovery is a formula for relapse. It is easy to forget that there are triggers and things which can trip you up if you are not careful. Recovery is not a game, it is serious business. It is easy to forget, but addiction can rear its ugly head in many ways if…

How long does recovery take?

Addiction in and of itself is a sick, debilitating, invasive disease that affects all manner of people. It has no definitive characteristics, nor does it have a particular type of individual that it seems to prefer. The truth of the matter is that it is one of the very few diseases that science simply cannot…

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How successful are addiction treatment programs?

Measuring the success of addiction treatment programs is almost the same as attempting to measure the success of a particular medicine or prescription. Both addiction treatment programs and medicine have been designed to be as successful and efficient as possible. Whether they are, however, is completely up to the patient! Studies indicate that the success…