a woman makes her relapse prevention plan

How to Make a Relapse Prevention Plan

By general definition, relapse means to fall or slip back into a former state. Regarding addiction, relapse is a return to drug or alcohol use following a period of abstinence. For mental health, a relapse is the return of symptoms to the degree that functioning is impaired. Relapse is always within the bounds of possibility…

a group participates in a relapse prevention program

Things You Learn in Relapse Prevention

Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a lifelong process. After successful detox and participation in a residential or outpatient substance abuse treatment program, you must be prepared to face the challenges of everyday life without resorting to old patterns of behavior that can lead you to use again. Relapse is a return to addictive…

a woman benefits from her 12 step program

A Breakdown of 12 Step and Non-12 Step Programs

Perhaps the most well-known form of addiction and mental health treatment is the 12 step program. However, many people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction don’t really understand what 12 step programs are really about before they begin recovery. Often, individuals have or are exposed to many conflicting views and opinions. It may seem that…

people participate in a family therapy treatment program

Why Family Support is So Important

Research has shown that not only is addiction linked to genetics, but it is also proven to be a “family disease.” In other words, each person in the family has a cause and effect on the addict during addiction and recovery. This is why family support in sobriety is crucial if both parties plan to…