Relapse Prevention

Overcoming addiction and taking back control of your life is possible. With the right tools and the support of Integrative Life Center, you can learn to maintain your recovery.

What Does it Mean to Relapse?

Relapse is common and happens to a lot of people in recovery. The National Institute on Drug Use found that 40-60% of people in recovery experience a relapse. But relapsing does not mean you’ll never be able to abstain from substance use long-term. It is difficult to do things differently.

It’s like resolving to exercise more. Sometimes, you just don’t make it to the gym.

It’s okay to slip up. The important thing is that you try again.

During treatment, you learn that addiction is a chronic disorder, much like diabetes. Though it is common to experience a relapse, having a relapse prevention plan in place can help. Managing substance use disorder requires support and resources.

Relapse Prevention is Possible

A relapse prevention plan is built into our treatment programs. Having a plan for recovery maintenance helps our clients conquer their substance use disorders once and for all.

Evidence-based treatments provide clients at Integrative Life Center with the skills they need to avoid relapse. Integrative Life Center can help clients prevent relapse by providing treatment to address all aspects of substance use disorder, including co-occurring disorders.

Our programs provide the skills and support clients need once they leave our center to help them manage their relapse triggers in real-life settings.

Relapse Prevention Plan: Overcoming Relapse Triggers

A significant portion of your relapse prevention plan involves recognizing and coping with triggers.

People, places, and things can be relapse triggers. At Integrative Life Center, we provide clients with the proper life and problem-solving skills to overcome their relapse triggers.

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Sensory-based triggers also could encourage a relapse. Each client has their own set of stimuli that are unique to their own experiences.
Environmental, social, and emotional triggers include:

  • Loneliness
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Frustration
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion
  • Certain scents, like a smoky bar
  • Seeing a person who was part of your previous life
  • Hearing a song that reminds you of former times

Simply put, a relapse prevention plan teaches patients to identify and cope with various types of triggers. These triggers are real-life experiences that deserve a controlled response.

The Importance of Aftercare in a Relapse Prevention Plan

Aftercare is the part of treatment that comes after clients complete their treatment program. Many options are considered aftercare, such as:

  • Sober living housing
  • Outpatient programs
  • Regular check-ins with counselors or case managers
  • Individual or Group Therapy
  • Participating in alumni meetings
  • Attending recovery meetings
  • Finding a sponsor or mentor
  • Establishing a support system

While an effective aftercare plan for relapse prevention does not need to include all of these options, it is essential to understand what is available to you after leaving treatment.

Integrative Life Center alumni benefit significantly from participating in our aftercare program. Aftercare provides access to a support system and encourages continued use of the tools learned in treatment.

Furthermore, we encourage current clients to attend weekly alumni meetings from the get-go. By participating in these meetings, clients are afforded an additional opportunity to build community and connections.

Your Relapse Prevention Plan

Integrative Life Center is here to be your relapse prevention center. Our addiction treatment staff is ready to tailor a relapse prevention plan for each patient. These plans are here to address all aspects of addiction for lasting recovery.
We provide a variety of treatment and therapy options that include:



Integrative Life Center is ready to help. We believe recovery is possible, and we’re here to help every step of the way.