The Relapse Cycle:
Relapse is a process, it’s not an event. In order to understand relapse prevention, you have to understand the stages of relapse. Relapse starts weeks or even months before the event of a physical relapse. Stress is a serious impediment to addiction recovery and may lead to a desire to relapse. Escaping reality is a major component of the addiction cycle.
It is helpful for addicts to practice ways to slow down, block out distractions, and focus on being calm. With these practices, those suffering from addiction can become more self-aware and will be better able to recognize emotional triggers before they ignite the relapse cycle.
In these sessions, I will focus on treating all the symptoms of addiction including the physical, emotional, relational, financial, and spiritual. The goal is to evaluate the whole person to help figure out the root cause of addictive behaviors and therefore prevent a relapse.