Relapse prevention: Managing addiction setbacks
Relapse is a common problem for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction—but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Relapse happens when you stop taking the necessary steps or treatments that keep you on a path to recovery. That’s why it’s so important to develop self-awareness and recognize the warning signs and triggers that could signal relapse for you. Developing skills like this can help prevent the repeated, predictable patterns of behavior that result in relapse.
At Mirmont Treatment Center located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, we use a specific approach to treating and preventing relapse based on the Center for Applied Science Model of Relapse Prevention Therapy (CMRPT). Developed by Terry Gorski, an internationally recognized expert on substance abuse, mental health, and relapse prevention, this well-known method is proven to be successful in preventing addiction after initial treatment and for early intervention if relapse occurs.
Because CMRPT focuses heavily on the integration of cognitive (mental), behavioral and social therapies, a multidisciplinary team of clinicians works with you individually and in small groups to:
- Assess patterns and underlying issues that contribute to relapse
- Develop a personalized list of relapse warning signs
- Determine strategies for how to handle relapse warning signs
- Prepare your own relapse intervention plan to share with loved ones
- Develop an individualized plan to support sobriety and prevent relapse
An optimistic, encouraging approach to relapse and recovery
Patients who relapse may experience feelings of shame and hopelessness. Our relapse prevention program is structured in a way that encourages you to have renewed hope and belief in your recovery process and the long-term reward that comes from investing in your sobriety.