It is estimated that 40-60% of recovering addicts will relapse at some point, so the fear of it occurring is not unjustified. People who suffer from addiction probably have developed unhealthy coping strategies for dealing with the negative emotions in their life. When experiencing a relapse, a person may feel many strong temporary emotions, including:

 

Depression

Guilt

Self-loathing

Anxiety

Futility regarding his or her recovery

 

Remembering that these emotions, while intense, are short term and won’t last is crucial to mental well-being. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help addicts develop the necessary skills to deal with such powerful emotions until they pass.

 

Addiction is a chronic disease, and as such, treatment involves a lifelong commitment to changing the behaviors which fuel addiction. The more time spent in active treatment, the better your prevention techniques will become. As a result, you will loosen the hold addiction has on your life.

 

The Buddhist practice of mindfulness is a new technique that is becoming popular to help avoid relapse. Like with traditional cognitive-behavioral approaches, this method helps people retrain their brains to create distance from the emotions of the moment. In so doing, they reap the following benefits:

 

Develop a frame of mind toward their actions that is guilt or anxiety-free

Identify problem situations and behaviors which trigger addiction

Overcome trigger situations without relapsing

 

Coping strategies will differ from person to person since every individual has different triggers which bring on their desire to use. Our friendly team of experts are dedicated to providing the highest possible level of care based on the individual needs of the addict. If you are in active addiction, and you have had enough, have the faith to trust treatment now in finding you the right solution for your problem.

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