Preventing Relapse

Relapse is a recurring setback in one’s efforts to overcome addiction. While the exact statistics may vary depending on the substance in question, research indicates that relapse rates can be substantial, with some estimates suggesting that as many as 70-80% of individuals who seek treatment for drug or alcohol addiction experience a relapse at some point in their recovery journey.

Relapse can have far-reaching consequences, not only affecting the individuals themselves but also their families, communities, and healthcare systems. If you are a victim of relapse, always know that most people on their recovery journey will more than likely relapse several times before living the sober life they’re seeking.

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What Causes Relapse?

Physiological factors, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings, can trigger relapses, as can psychological triggers like stress, trauma, or environmental cues associated with drug use. Additionally, underlying mental health conditions or co-occurring substance use disorders can increase the vulnerability to relapse. These statistics underscore the importance of comprehensive, ongoing treatment and support systems that address both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. It highlights the need for personalized strategies to manage triggers and cravings, as well as robust relapse prevention measures, to empower individuals in their recovery journey and reduce the toll of relapse on those seeking to break free from addiction.

How Sober Living Helps Prevent Relapse

Sober living works through the effort of peers in recovery or professional staff members. Those that run sober living homes and are trained to offer residents support and guidance. The primary objective of sober living is to help individuals transition from addiction treatment to daily life while offering a supportive and sober community.

Residents take responsibility for their own recovery and provide mutual support through the challenges of sober living. Most programs require a minimum stay of several months to a year to allow residents to establish a strong foundation for recovery, but individuals can stay for as long as they need.

Along with abstaining from drugs and alcohol, residents attend support meetings and participate in household chores and activities. These day-to-day activities help residents pick up on daily habits to keep them motivated and responsible.

Why Relapse is Common after Completing Addiction Treatment

Relapse after completing addiction treatment is a complex and unfortunately common occurrence. One of the greatest contributing factors is the quick reintroduction to one’s former environment. In many cases, a person’s living conditions and life circumstances are a great contributing factor to their substance abuse.
While addiction treatment centers stop people from using and present them with a safe environment for the time they attend, recovery homes continue the process by teaching the individual daily life lessons within a day to day living environment. People will be living in a safe and structured living environment where drug and alcohol use is forbidden. They work together with others who are also on their own recovery journey to carry these new life skills back into their usual living situations.

Take the First Step

Sober living teaches you vital life skills that can mean the difference between sober living and relapse. If you believe South Philadelphia Structured Living is the right choice for you and are looking for a family-like sober support network, call or email us at any time.

What To Expect from Our Sober Living Homes
  • Comfortable & home-like atmosphere.
  • Support network with others who are in recovery.
  • Group activities & trips to grow bonds.
  • Coping methods and life skills to reduce chances of relapse.
  • Learning to live life without the need for substance use.
  • A controlled environment where no drugs & alcohol are present.
  • A family-like atmosphere where you’re valued as a person, not as a number in a system.
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