The fact that addiction is a chronic disease means that it is often characterized by relapse. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that between 40 and 60 percent of people return to substance abuse after achieving sobriety for a length of time. Relapsing after achieving sobriety is particularly dangerous for those using substances such as heroin or other opiates and can result in fatal overdose.
There are a number of holistic approaches to relapse prevention that more and more rehab clinics are incorporating into their personalized treatment programs including:
Mindfulness practices like meditation or yoga encourages people to control and slow their breathing, clearing their minds of negative internal dialogue. Mindfulness is an ancient practice that requires some guidance in the early stages of learning its techniques. However, once learned they provide an invaluable defense against relapse by allowing individuals to respond in more healthy ways to triggers for substance abuse.
Holistic therapies can be extremely useful during detox, serving to reduce body aches and pains caused by withdrawal. Massage therapy is also useful in combating stress, which is a significant factor for individuals returning home after treatment. The use of physical touch and manipulation also improves blood circulation and decreases blood pressure.
A more evidence-based approach to relapse prevention is through cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. CBT is a discussion therapy that identifies the root causes of negative addictive behaviors and seeks to change them. Patients are guided through a journey of self-discovery by their CBT therapist and educated on the best ways for them to protect themselves against relapse in recovery.
CASA Recovery provides specialist addiction treatment in San Juan Capistrano, CA that includes preventing relapse after sobriety. We can arm you with an arsenal of coping mechanisms to help you deal with the daily stresses and strains that might otherwise lead to substance abuse. Contact CASA Recovery in San Juan Capistrano, CA in confidence to get the treatment you need today.