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Relapse Prevention Techniques

Strategies for Addiction Aftercare

Completing a residential program is a monumental achievement, but the physicians and staff members at The Ridge understand that this is just the beginning of your recovery process. It is important to understand relapse prevention techniques to make sure the progress you’ve made lasts. While a patient undergoes addiction aftercare, it can sometimes be difficult to deal with cravings and avoid dangerous triggers than can cause relapse.

Daily Strength and Confidence

As part of our addiction recovery process we provide hearty meals, intended to provide patients with the restorative nutrition that they need to get well. The importance of nutrition in addiction recovery is vast, as patients typically suffer from a lack of consistent vitamins and nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy. We provide delicious, balanced meals for each of our patients to support whole-body nutrition in addiction recovery. The Ridge will try to reach a balance between patients’ dietary restrictions and reparative nutrition as best as possible, and reasonable menu variations with the recovery diet can be made.

Keeping Up Good Habits

After you’ve built the self-confidence to work toward long-term recovery, you need to maintain the positive behaviors you embodied during treatment. Some of the most important ongoing relapse prevention strategies are to: eat well, sleep regularly, talk through your emotions, attend weekly meetings in an accredited outpatient program, and frequent AA or NA meetings for social support. Don’t hold anything in; while it may feel like you’re the only one struggling through addiction recovery, know that there are many other people who understand your feelings and are there to help and support you through rehab aftercare.

Keeping Up Good Habits

If it’s too difficult to maintain these positive behaviors, or if you feel yourself slipping into negativity or self-destructive actions, don’t panic. These are natural feelings, but you don’t have to surrender to them.

Distract yourself by exercising, call a friend or a sponsor to discuss your feelings, or attend an AA or NA meeting for support with relapse prevention. Knowing when you’re at risk and taking steps to minimize that risk is a key part of recovery.