Addiction isn’t something people overcome in a day. Battling the disease is a lifelong process that gets easier the longer you stay sober. However, in order to stay sober, you need to create a relapse prevention plan. Overall, creating a plan is the best method for avoiding future relapse.
What Is a Relapse Prevention Plan?
A relapse prevention plan (RPP) is a course of action those in addiction recovery take to avoid relapse. To create a successful RPP, you must first complete rehab. During treatment, you’ll learn your individual drug triggers, an important step to creating a successful RPP.
The Stages of Relapse
A good RPP helps you prepare and identify the stages of relapse. These three stages include:
• Emotional relapse
• Mental relapse
• Physical relapse
During an emotional relapse, you start to experience anxiety and depression. While you aren’t thinking about relapse at this point, these symptoms make you more vulnerable to using again.
The second stage is a mental relapse. During this stage, you start thinking or daydreaming about relapsing. Overall, using becomes more concrete in your mind as a potentially good decision.
The last stage is a physical relapse. This is when you actually use drugs again. Once you reach this point, you have to undergo detox and rehab all over again.
How to Create an RPP?
Creating an RPP requires physically writing down or planning a course of action. To start with, you need to write down your triggers. These include places, people, and things that make you feel you need to use drugs again.
Next, you need to create a plan of action for when you experience intense cravings. For example, one option is calling someone you trust. Make sure it’s someone who supports your decision to overcome these urges.
Additionally, you also need to use the 30-minute rule. In general, drug cravings last about that long. If you can get over this hump, you’re less likely to relapse. Overall, you should come up with things to do for 30 minutes to distract yourself from these cravings.
It’s also important to make a list, while sober, of all of the potential consequences relapsing will cause. For example, you could lose your job, ruin relationships, and cause loved ones distress. Reading these drawbacks motivates you to avoid relapse.
Let Us Help You Create an RPP
At San Antonio Recovery Center, we want to do more than just help you overcome addiction. We want to make sure you don’t relapse in the future. We can help you identify triggers and create an RPP of your own. The other programs we offer include:
Don’t let addiction control your life for another minute. Reach out to us today and begin your journey to sobriety. Call our friendly staff members at 866-957-7885 for more information about our programs.