The goal of inpatient addiction treatment is to interrupt the patterns that led to addiction and restart the patient on a new path of healthy living. However, the journey to long-term recovery is for the long term. It’s not unusual for relapse to occur once the patient returns to the real world and faces challenges to his or her sobriety.
Thankfully, the groundwork for relapse prevention can be laid during residential treatment. At TTC Care, Southern Florida’s leading addiction treatment facility, we have integrated critical relapse-prevention skills and practices into more than a dozen of our education and support groups.
Essential Skills for Preventing Relapse
A core group of skills and processes have been identified as key factors that influence whether a patient maintains recovery or suffers a relapse. Even when relapse occurs, additional training in these areas can get patients back on track.
Processing Underlying Trauma and Grief
For many, the path to addiction began with some sort of trauma or grief. Some people experience a single, highly traumatic event, while others experience emotional pain over an extended period of time.
Regardless of the cause, working through and releasing the pain of past experiences is critical to moving forward with a clean slate. This process begins in inpatient treatment and, depending on the individual and his or her particular experiences, may continue afterward in the form of outpatient treatment or ongoing counseling.
Recognizing that only so much can be accomplished during the inpatient treatment period and that there’s more work to be done can be an important part of successful long-term recovery. That being said, we have several groups that support the work done here in therapy sessions so that patients make even more progress during their initial time with us.
Self-Expression, Self-Confidence, Self-Love
The self-esteem of those suffering from addiction has been beaten down, usually both during and prior to the addiction period. During treatment, we work to clear negative patterns and replace them with beliefs of self-love and self-worth. By continuing with the skills they learn in treatment, patients see their confidence continue to grow as they prove to themselves that they are capable of successfully making a new start.
Healthy Recreational Activities
While addicted, a user is accustomed to spending all their free time using one or more substances. No longer having those substances in his or her life leaves a hole that needs to be filled with healthy recreational activities.
Boredom provides a tempting path back to substance abuse. So does its opposite, overwork, which temps those in recovery to turn to drug or alcohol use as a stress reliever.
In residential treatment, we offer several groups that introduce patients to activities that relieve stress and pass the time in fun, fulfilling ways.
Physical and Emotional Awareness and Control
Reconnecting with one’s body and emotions in a healthy way, while learning skills for emotional self-control, helps former addicts cope with situations that use to drive them straight to substance abuse. Since it’s impossible to avoid stressful situations after leaving the safety of inpatient treatment, building these skills is essential to preventing relapse in the future.
Recognize Triggers and Warning Signs
Learning to identify the situations, people and places that can trigger a lapse in sobriety is an important part of our instruction, because awareness is half the battle. We encourage our patients to identify situations that are unique to them, so that they know exactly what to watch for, as well as general triggers that affect most people in recovery.
Develop Coping Strategies
It’s impossible to avoid trigger situations entirely, so the next step is teaching patients specific techniques they can use when they find themselves in a difficult circumstance or facing cravings. We also educate patients on healthy lifestyle habits that set them up for success in recovery.
Healthy Relationships and Social Connection
So many addictions begin because of difficult relationships that spiral into a sense of worthlessness and loneliness. Our many groups give patients practice in establishing healthy relationships, setting boundaries and improving communication with the people in their lives.
Groups at TTC That Support Long-Term Addiction Recovery
TTC Care, located in the West Palm Beach area, offers dozens of groups to participate in during a patient’s time in residential treatment. Many of the groups incorporate several of the aforementioned relapse-prevention skills into their curriculums, in addition to pursuing other addiction recovery objectives.
At TTC Care, we offer process and education groups such as:
- Creative Visual Arts
- Dialectical Skills
- Emotional Regulation
- Family Dynamics
- Recovery Skills Training
- Recreational Therapy Groups
- Women’s Battles
To see which groups tackle one or more of the specific relapse-prevention skills outlined above, take a look at the comprehensive table we’ve put together in the following PDF:
No Patient Left Behind
All of the groups at TTC Care encourage supportive social connections between patients, therapists and sponsors. This support network is an important part of relapse prevention because it gives patients places to turn to during difficult periods in the recovery process.
Have any more questions about our support groups? The TTC Care admissions counselors are eager to respond. Give us a call at any time, even holidays.