Congratulations! You have just successfully completed treatment. Whether this was residential, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, it took a lot of hard work and commitment. I am sure there were many times you thought about giving up but you didn’t. Times where you felt you would not finish but you did. You may have struggled to imagine being successful but certainly you pushed your way through. Now you may be thinking it is time to kick back and relax. Get back to life as you once knew it, right? Wrong! You would not train for a marathon and assume that you’ll be in great shape forever. Just as maintaining physical fitness takes ongoing effort so does ongoing recovery. This is a commitment you make daily.
Research has shown that the longer clients stay engaged in some form of ongoing treatment the more likely they are to achieve positive results in their personal recovery. What does this mean?
Relapse Prevention groups will focus specifically on the tools to keep your ongoing recovery in great shape. Clear Mind Counseling LLC uses Terrence Gorski model of the Six Stages of Recovery to help you understand and normalize those early stages as you strengthen your recovery. Relapse Prevention groups are held once weekly for no more that 60 days. During this time, clients must be willing to engage in 12 steps meetings or other support groups while attending.
A core part of outpatient treatment, is relapse prevention. While groups focus more specifically on certain topics, rehab is helping you identify triggers and how to cope without destructive behaviors. Groups will focus on this recovery topic. You’ll learn about warning signs of relapse and practice using healthy coping skills to replace maladaptive coping skills.
You’ll also learn about the importance of managing co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety. Mental health symptoms can sometimes lead people to try to self-medicate with alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and sex addiction. If you have a dual diagnosis, regular psychiatric care is important. Paying attention to your mental well-being is a critical relapse prevention measure.