We utilize contemporary relapse prevention methods, 12 step programs, and self-help orientation.
One key element in helping an individual throughout recovery is to have a defined Relapse Prevention Plan in place. Regardless of where that person is in recovery, a relapse prevention plan is essential because it serves as a mechanism for support.
When we help develop a relapse prevention plan, it becomes an excellent opportunity to discuss and explore the situation at hand. Open and honest feedback can significantly enhance the development and the success of a relapse prevention program.
Key areas to include in this plan are:
- Individual’s Triggers
These are external events or circumstances that can “trigger” a relapse, such as anxiety or depression. By recognizing what those triggers are, the individual can examine how to develop their coping skills for better management.
- Individual’s Early Warning Signs
Early warning signals can be either subtle or obvious changes that result in the likelihood of a relapse. Because of their subtlety, it’s often “others” who recognize these changes. Discussing these with ones support system is important as they can help to identify specific behaviors and to recognize when these behaviors occur. Examples of such behaviors may include: changes in dress/attire, rate of speech, increased isolation, increase or decrease in sleep and overeating or loss of appetite.
- Prior Successful Coping Skills
Examine coping mechanisms and strategies designed to enhance an individuals’ program.
Call us immediately to schedule an appointment at (262) 241-5099.