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Relapse Prevention

How to Prevent Relapsing into Alcohol or Drug Use Again

Are you unable to stop thinking about alcohol or other drugs? Have you used again? These are common occurrences many in recovery have faced.

Why Relapses Occur

In our experience, relapses occur when you’re faced with temptation, or you hit a disruptive event.

Even with all the positive changes you’ve made during recovery, temptations can appear anytime. An old acquaintance texts you. You’re at a wedding and everyone toasts the bride & groom.

Then there’s the disruptive event. Everyone responds to stress differently, but often, an addict responds by wanting to use.

What if you suddenly lost your job? Or a family member’s hit by a car?

Situations like these can sometimes provoke a bad reaction. A reaction that can trigger a relapse if left unchecked. We call these ‘relapse warning signs.’

Relapse Warning Signs

Some common signs that you may relapse soon include:

  • A feeling of disconnection from everyday activities,
  • A lack of interest in your recovery process,
  • Thinking you can drink/use again without falling back into addiction,
  • Reconnecting with friends made during the addiction period,
  • Family and social breakdowns,
  • Resentments flaring up,
  • Depression,
  • Feelings of loneliness, and
  • Feelings of anxiety.
Relapse Prevention Resources in San Jose

(NOTE: If you’re concerned about a loved one at risk of relapse, please see this blog post: 3 Ways You Can Support Your Recovering Loved One)

Are you experiencing any of these warning signs? Don’t panic…it doesn’t mean relapse is inevitable.

Remember, you choose how you respond.

First, recall the techniques you learned in treatment. Recognize how you’re feeling now, and remind yourself that you have the strength to face the situation without the substance.

Do you need support? Reach out to your sponsor or support network.

A Relapse Prevention Program in Northern California

Need help staying on the right track? Give us a call.

SSH’s relapse prevention class takes place once a week in the evenings. Experienced counselors facilitate the classes using the Gorski model and an evidence-based curriculum.

The Gorski model has been successful in helping thousands of people identify and cope with triggers and cravings that make them want to use or drink. Relapse prevention groups take place at our outpatient treatment center conveniently located near downtown San Jose.

Help Is Available if You're in Danger of Relapse

Assessments, individual counseling, and referrals to other levels of care are available. Coordination with EAP, union representatives, employers, the criminal justice system, and others is also available.

If you think you're in danger of relapsing, please call our 24-hour number: 800-811-1800.