Relapse happens. You've been there. Or a friend or family member is there now. No matter how disappointing and alone it may seem, please be assured, there is hope.
Relapse prevention is key to successful lifelong recovery. Individual counseling and group support, plus learning resources and accountability working together, all form an effective relapse prevention plan.
Our relapse prevention offering is self-directed and works in tandem with group and individual supports. Click below to view a sample of our individual course offering.
Addictive behaviors are at an all-time high, driven in large part by COVID-related restrictions from the past year. A recent study (McKinsey COVID-19 Consumer Survey, 3/29/2020) found that:
More than ever, we are a people in crisis. Stress and anxiety related to lock downs and openings and the related impacts on employment, parenting, schooling and day-to-day life are at all-time peaks. People who are prone to choose substances to ease their anxiety are even more susceptible to do so than they were pre-COVID.
As this instability spills over, those who were on the path to recovery are also challenged. Ending reliance on alcohol or chemicals has always been a long, complex process. Today it is even more so. Addiction seeps into every part of a person's life, affecting family relationships, work, friendships and the whole of their activities. The path to recovery is as rugged as it ever was.
Consider these facts:
Relapse occurs because healing from addiction is about more than not using -- it is about choosing new ways of responding to pressures and stress, and making new choices.
Discover how Managing Your World -- our unique set of applied learning courses -- can integrate with a relapse prevention plan and help boost you along your recovery journey.
Relapse happens -- not to everyone, and not always. But relapse is not unusual, especially if someone stops following their treatment plan. When it does happen, it's more helpful to focus on how to respond to it rather than to become discouraged or fixate on the relapse itself.
An effective way of handling the possibility of relapse is to plan for it. A relapse prevention plan is an important step in overall recovery. A relapse prevention plan puts down in writing the factors that could lead to relapse and how to respond to each one. Those factors can include how to handle:
An advisor, sponsor or counselor can help guide you or a loved one through developing a relapse prevention plan. A solid relapse prevention plan includes a detailed action plan and how to act on it, with guidelines for personal self-care, plus steps to take to deal with urges and cravings, and contact info for people to reach out to in times of need.
Relapse prevention is best addressed before it happens, with a detailed relapse prevention plan and guidelines for how to implement it.
Our set of online courses and individual workbook can help you address the factors to include in that plan, and steps to take when situations call for additional assistance.
We are a team that understands the nature of addiction and the barriers to recovery. With that, our passion is on identifying best practices and creating support materials to help individuals on the path to recovery.
We have formed the Recovery Support Network to pull together others like ourselves so that together we can help those who are on the recovery journey to diminish relapse occurrences and achieve their recovery goals.
Our first entry in this quest is the introduction of Managing Your World, a set of relapse prevention courses to help you or a loved one on that journey. Managing Your World is a self-directed set of courses that use applied learning principles to focus on improved recovery outcomes.
The Managing Your World courses combine themed personal stories with activities, reflective thinking, online forum/chat group, and support resources to address various challenges that, left unchecked, can sidetrack recovery.
Managing Your World already is being adopted as a self-care companion to the individual and group supports that are important to successful recovery. You can check out the Managing Your World courses in more detail by clicking here: Managing Your World
The Managing Your World Individual Workbook is available for a limited time as a printed text or via download as a PDF. An expanded version of the Workbook is included with our set of Online Courses that are available via annual subscription.
Both the Managing Your World Individual Workbook and the Managing Your World Online Courses are well-suited for use by individuals or incorporated into recovery groups.