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Relapse Prevention Program
in Franklin, TN

A relapse is a return to the substance abuse of the drugs, alcohol, or risky behaviors engaged in as a result of addiction. Preventing relapse is not complicated, but it is difficult because it requires significant lifestyle changes that might not appear to be related to addiction. Because relapses are common during recovery, relapse prevention is essential to long-term success.

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Research has shown that relapse is a process that begins long before recovering people start using alcohol or other drugs. The relapse process begins as recovering people begin using thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that create so much pain and problems that the use of alcohol and other drugs seem like a good choice and to help with self-medication. TalkDr Christian Counseling utilizes the CENAPS model to help you prevent relapse.

What is a relapse prevention program?

A relapse prevention program teaches self-control and coping skills to identify the early signs of a relapse and help an addict better understand their addiction triggers, different emotional states, and the impact mentality has on relapsing.

Preventing relapse after detox is best done with a professional relapse prevention program that is designed to change your behavior and anticipate the situations and people associated with your addiction.

What is CENAPS?

Founded in 1982 by Terence T. Gorski, The CENAPS model of recovery is broken down into six stages which can be divided into two main categories: early recovery and late recovery. During early recovery, an individual learns how to live daily abstaining from substance use. The three stages of this period are transition, stabilization and early recovery. During transition, a person learns that abstinence is the only solution. They then progress to stabilization, where they recuperate from any effects of withdrawal and learn how to avoid drinking. Finally, in early recovery, they learn to work through their feelings of guilt, shame and remorse, and start to learn how to cope with problems without relying on any substance to abuse. 

In late recovery, the recovering person moves from changing their substance use behaviors to changing the conditions that underly the reason for abuse. They ook at their past to determine why they turned to substance use in the first place and how to avoid it in the future. The three stages of this period are middle recovery, late recovery and maintenance. During middle recovery, a person works to addres the damage addiction has caused in their own lives and the lives of the people they love. They then move on to late recovery, where they focus on overcoming dysfunctions and obstacles they may have learned in their past. Lastly, during the final stage of maintenance, they strive to continually grow and practice a daily recovery program that prevents the return to thinking addictively.

Relapse therapy 

One of the best ways to help to ensure relapse prevention is through indvidual or group therapy. During clinical therapy, the many motivations for abusive actions will be addressed. It is here where the poor behavior will be linked to what a person is thinking and experiencing. Part of relapse prevention involves therapy sessions designed to identify the emotions or thoughts that could stifle this growth and lead to negative and addictive behaviors.

Developing coping skills

One of the primary advantages of entering into professional relapse prevention therapy is the ability to learn vital coping skills to help with long-term recovery. A person will be taught to confront the triggering thoughts, feelings, places, people, or memories that could lead to a relapse and the skills needed to work through and cope with these potentially harmful emotions. 

Changing your lifestyle

During detox, toxins were removed the toxins from a person's system, but there could be other toxins in the environment that must be eliminated to prevent a relapse. Changing the lifestyle of a recovering person is another step toward long-term recovery. This might involve removing toxic people and situations from your life, building a healthier social circle, and surrounding oneself with supportive people. A changed lifestyle could also be about finding healthier hobbies and maybe even changing the kind of work that the person does. 


How you can prevent relapse

If you'd like to learn more about TalkDr's Recovery Program, please reach out to TalkDr Christian Counseling at 615-985-TALK today or you can read more about our individual therapy and group therapy programs.

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