For any addiction treatment center worth their salt, preventing relapse is as much a priority in treating clients as is any other part of a person with substance use disorder’s recovery. Statistics about relapse are estimates at best, and different treatment protocols claim different percentages. What is clear from almost every treatment program is that recovery rates are extremely low, some as low as 5%. Recovery can be complicated by other co-occurring disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression. The majority of addicts relapse in or after treatment and must return to treatment many times in order to recover. That’s why we stress that recovery does not end when you walk out of our doors, but is rather a lifelong pursuit.
When choosing an addiction treatment center, be sure to ask about their approach to aftercare. What services do they provide beyond the time of stay? How will their resources continue to be available to you? A clearly laid out aftercare plan is essential and tools can be put in place while a client is in residence, to set the stage for a lasting and healthy recovery. Relapse prevention therapy can start immediately and should be encouraged going forward. Beyond therapies, we encourage our clients to be open with their family and loved ones about the kind of support they’ll need when they get back to life outside of the treatment center. Addicts are very often surprised at the level of willingness on the part of their friends to help them and at the huge amount of love that is waiting for them when they get home.