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Addiction Relapse Prevention in Kansas City, Kansas (913) 364-2364

Relapse prevention is fundamental to every rehabilitation program. Beyond halting alcohol abuse, relapse prevention is the goal, and ultimately, the measure of every treatment program. The hope of addicts who seek help for addiction is to be able to maintain their sobriety, even in the face of adversity.

Because that is also the hope at Alcohol Treatment Centers Kansas City, relapse prevention training is part of the recovery tools addicts receive. If they are vigilant about application of this knowledge, long term sobriety can be achieved. Even so, there are various circumstances and subtleties that can circumvent the best laid relapse prevention plans. Stressful life circumstances are the most common.

However, success and happiness can also be triggers for some. Research shows that a large percentage of recovering addicts return to drug use after they complete treatment. For this reason, we provide a 24 hour helpline for addicts and their loved ones who need assistance before things get out of hand.

If you or a loved one need help finding a treatment center, call Alcohol Treatment Centers Kansas City now at (913) 364-2364.

Warning Signs

Alcohol relapse rarely occurs without warning. The average alcoholic can experience multiple signals at the beginning stage of a setback. It is during this phase that denial usually kicks in to camouflage these warning signs. When an alcoholic has never been educated about relapse prevention they are mostly unaware of their particular triggers. Those who have been given the proper recovery tools are less likely to suffer a setback.

But if they do return to drug or alcohol use, they can typically get back on track quicker than others. At Treatment Centers, educating addicts about what triggers their addiction and how to overcome them, is an integral part of the rehabilitation program. The primary goal is to limit the effects of long term alcoholism as much as possible.

The following warning indicators were originally identified by researcher Terence T. Gorski and Merlene Miller. Over the years, they have been verified and validated through additional research as dependable predictors of the onset of an alcohol relapse. They include:

  • Increased Stress brought on by loss of a loved one through death, separation or divorce. Also concerns about children, financial problems, loss of a career, serious health or legal problems all qualify as stressful situations.
  • Unacceptance or denial that stress is seriously affecting you. This form of denial prevents people from getting the help they need when they feel they have to use drugs to cope.
  • Post-acute withdrawal symptoms are represented by anxiety, sleeplessness and excessive worry. Addicts try to alleviate the suffering caused by these symptoms by self-medicating with alcohol.
  • Behavioral changes can include restoring friendships with old drinking partners, returning to old habits, and acting defensive about these actions. Blatantly ignoring or neglecting habits that encourage and sustain sobriety, such a not attending meetings or disassociating with people who support your sobriety, can also be signs of an impending setback.
  • Loss of interest in life or activities is usually reflected through poor hygiene, disinterest in significant relationships and social events. Drinking alone is usually the end result of such behavior.

At Alcohol Treatment Centers they understand that relapse is a part of addiction. They seek to educate both addicts and their loved ones through family therapy about the warning signs discussed above. The experienced alcohol addiction specialists allow addicts to participate in the development of their own relapse prevention plan.

During a crisis, a return to drug rehab is always recommended in order to stabilize the individual. If heavy drinking has been resumed, it is important for the alcoholic to go through a detoxification process, and even a short stint in rehab. After detox, the recovering addict may still need help to cope with the issues that triggered the drug use.

Reassessment is an important element of the stabilization process. This evaluation involves reconstructing the events, and examining the emotional state and signals that preceded the relapse. At this time, a crisis plan can be developed to identify and document the situations that set things in motion.

Studies indicate that there are usually recurring patterns that cause addicts in recovery to go back to drugs or alcohol. Despite the emotional and physical devastation of such an event, valuable lessons can be learned to prevent another one from happening in the future.

Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Kansas City 24-hour helpline at (913) 364-2364 and speak to a someone about treatment options today.

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