How many people actually relapse after drug and alcohol rehab? There have been several studies that have attempted to estimate the relapse rates for various types of substance use disorders. However, these estimates can vary widely depending on the specific type of addiction and other factors.
Most experts agree that for people who are abusing substances like cocaine or heroin, the relapse rates are quite high—between 50% and 90% of people will return to substance use after completing treatment. Clearly, those are startling percentages.
In fact, people are considerably less likely to relapse when they choose a residential treatment program over an outpatient program. For more about your addiction treatment options, call us today at 833.433.0448.
5 Tips to Prevent Relapse
One of the main factors that can influence the relapse rates for drug rehab is whether or not a person receives adequate aftercare support following completion of their initial treatment program. In these programs, participants practice many methods to remain sober. Let’s take a look at some tips that can help you maintain a successful recovery.
Ultimately, there’s no magic wand to keep people addicted to drugs or alcohol from relapsing. However, here are some useful things to try if you want to prevent relapse:
1. Avoid Triggers
Avoiding social or emotional pressures such as bars and parties or people that anger or antagonize is a smart move in early sobriety. There is an acronym that helps us remember this: HALT. Don’t get too HUNGRY, ANGRY, LONELY, or TIRED. Taking special care to avoid these triggers is one way to curtail relapse.
2. Find someone else to help
There’s a reason recovery programs focus on helping others- it works! Helping someone else takes the focus off of addictive thinking and behavior and puts focus on selfless behavior. It also builds self-esteem by doing something positive for another.
3. Use your sober network and/or sponsor
Twelve-step programs encourage calling or meeting with sober members who are further along the sober path. This is a valuable tool that can reap many rewards including establishing a substance-free social group, breaking addictive habits, and focusing on new sober behavior.
4. Make a prevention plan and stick to it
Sit down with your sponsor or counselor and make a plan to avoid relapse. Check in about it daily. Such daily interactions help reinforce what you’re trying to achieve.
5. Avoid people, places, situations that you used around
This is a no-brainer. If you avoid those people and places you are less likely to be triggered. Replace them with new positive habits such as exercise, hobbies, meditation, or spending time outside.
Get Help in Your Journey to Recovery
No one thing will keep a shaky addict or alcoholic from relapse. A multi-pronged approach involving supportive people and situations will help to keep the new comer on track.
Individuals who have access to ongoing counseling, support groups, and other forms of aftercare are much more likely to remain abstinent from drugs or alcohol in the long-term than those who do not receive any kind of aftercare. This is why it is so important for people to make sure they are connected with a good aftercare program before they leave treatment. With the right support in place, the chances of relapse can be significantly reduced.
If you are faced with challenges along the sober path, we are here to help. Please call us today at 833.433.0448.