Broadway Develops a Personalized Relapse Prevention Plan for Each of our Clients

Broadway Treatment Center is proud to offer a selection of comprehensive addiction treatment programs that stands above the rest. Broadway is the leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation in Orange County. The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) accredited Broadway in the area of behavioral health care services and its treatment programs achieved the Gold Seal of Approval® for high-quality services.

Broadway is pleased to offer personalized relapse prevention plans to each one of their clients. All of their staff members are trained and have experience with a wide range of relapse prevention techniques. The team at Broadway works together with their clients to develop a personalized relapse prevention plan for each individual person. Each plan must be unique in order to address the specific triggers, urges, cravings, and weaknesses of each client. Having a strong relapse prevention plan in place is guaranteed to help ensure lasting recovery.

What is Relapse Prevention?

Relapse prevention is a program component that Broadway has implemented to help their clients to avoid relapse. Studies have shown that the relapse rate among addicted individuals is between 40 – 60%. Unfortunately many people who struggle with addiction know that the odds aren’t necessarily in their favor to stay sober. This can be an intimidating and scary thing for them to think about. When an individual is in treatment or newly graduated they are often in a really positive mindset and have had little temptation from the outside world. The first year after becoming sober is one of the most challenging for newly recovered individuals. There will be many times where they are confronted with the temptation to use again and their sobriety will be tested many times. Broadway’s relapse prevention program will teach them how to identify past and future triggers and weaknesses and healthy ways to cope with them. The relapse prevention component of treatment also allows clients to find their strengths and build on those to help fight their cravings.

What is a Relapse Prevention Plan?

A quality relapse prevention plan will include learning strong coping skills, recognizing the warning signs, identifying and understanding personal triggers, learning sober time management and avoiding boredom, as well as healthy sleep patterns and overall self-care to prevent burn out. Broadway’s relapse prevention plans encompass daily self-reflection time and meditation to mentally prepare for what you will face in the day. An imperative part of a good relapse prevention plan is to have a well-rehearsed emergency plan with backup to deal with the worst case scenario. Cravings can come from anything and it can be easy to get blindsided by things like lack of sleep, hunger, unmanaged anger or stress, and even hanging with friends. Triggers exist in all aspects of life and even the best plans may have a few holes. That is why it is important to work with your sponsor or mentor to continually modify your plan to address the new changes in your life.

Broadway’s Relapse Prevention Model

While attending one of Broadway Treatment Center’s addiction treatment programs clients will start to develop a relapse prevention plan within their first couple of days in attendance. The process will continue throughout the clients program and well after they have completed their treatment and have left Broadway. The main goal is to try and significantly improve the odds that each client will be successful in achieving long term sobriety. Our clinical team uses their training and personal experiences to help identify as many factors as possible to accomplish this goal. Broadway case managers also follow a unique curriculum that helps them develop relapse prevention plans that make it easy for their clients to build on what they are learning and accomplishing in treatment, allowing for a seamless transition.

Relapse Prevention Curriculum…

Building an Addiction Support Network

Broadway believes that a strong support network is a crucial part of lasting recovery and preventing relapse. During the first few days in attendance at Broadway clients will be assigned a personal team that will include your admissions counselor, a case manager, therapists, a doctor, and a clinical director. These individuals as a whole will form the base of your support network in the beginning. As the treatment program progresses it will be encouraged that individuals expand their support network with the people they meet in treatment and other trusted loved ones. Broadway also suggests that each client find a sponsor or spiritual mentor. It is also suggested that once treatment is completed that clients seek out community support in churches, recovery groups, and long-time friends and family. A large support network is best and it is important that an individual trust everyone in their support circle.

Addiction Education, Coping Skills, & Recovery Tools

While attending addiction treatment at Broadway clients will receive an education on all things related to addiction and recovery. Broadway teaches their clients all about drugs and their effects on the body; physically, mentally, and spiritually. They will be educated on how the brain works and why people abuse substances. Underlying conditions and how they affect substance abuse will also be explored. Clients are also taught about facing the consequences of their actions and what to expect during recovery. Broadway wants to educate their clients on every aspect of addiction and treatment so their recovery can be long lasting and successful.

Identifying Triggers & Early Warning Signs of Relapse

Broadway’s case managers and therapist are able to help clients identify triggers and early warning signs of relapse. When a client is equipped with this knowledge it is hopeful that they will be able to implement strategies that will allow them to cope in healthy ways and avoid relapsing. To be able to determine the early warning signs of a possible relapse clients will need to be able to dig deep into the reasons why they use. Many times this happens during the one on one sessions with their therapists and case managers. Identification of these reasons requires intense self-reflection and the ability to look past any shame or guilt surrounding these issues that caused them to use. Once this has been accomplished clients will be able to understand and identify the subtle signs their body is forewarning them with. These signs will often turn into cravings and clients will be equipped with the skills to stop it before it becomes out of their control.

Establishing Recovery Goals

Broadway’s addiction treatment program(s) are really only the beginning of a client’s recovery journey. It is important that clients set short and long term recovery and life goals to hold themselves accountable. Setting goals at different increments allows clients to be able to move forward in their lives. Without these goals it can possibly lead to a relapse if the client doesn’t feel like their life is progressing. Recovery goals should include continuing to learn about addiction and triggers so that clients can be prepared. Achieving these goals allows clients to feel a sense of accomplishment and helps them to move forward. Goals provide structure and accountability and are very important for a newly recovered individual.

Life Skills Training

Broadway provides a life skills training program to clients that coincides with their many addiction treatment programs. Life skills are tools that can be used to successfully navigate the most common life challenges. Broadway believes that a well-rounded addiction treatment program gives the best chance at lasting sobriety. That is why they have included a comprehensive life skills training program to correspond with their addiction treatment programs. A key part of being able to maintain lasting recovery is for an individual to develop healthy coping mechanisms to daily life stressors. Broadway focuses on these areas in their comprehensive life skills training: employment, education, family, housing, finance, friendship, physical health, and mental health.

Create a Relapse Emergency Plan & Rehearse it on a Regular Basis

During a client’s stay in treatment they will develop a thorough relapse prevention plan that will address many of the issues that cause triggers and cravings for them. Unfortunately life doesn’t always go to plan and even the best plans have holes in them. Broadway believes it is absolutely vital that clients create an emergency plan as a backup. This plan will include things like having multiple people on standby to call for help such as sponsors and others from your support network. It will also include figuring out what is most important to each client and having their support people help keep them accountable to their goals. Broadway will help their clients by running through different hypothetical scenarios that could derail their sobriety. We encourage our clients to rehearse their plan with their sponsors and support network to make sure all aspects are working together.

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Be Humble and take your recovery one day at a time

Broadway believes it is important for individuals to stay humble and take their newly found recovery one day at a time. It is important for newly sober individuals to admit that they are powerless over their addiction. Recovery is something that has to be actively chosen every single day. Sometimes it can become tedious to have to keep choosing recovery over and over again. Often times after a significant amount of time has gone by there can be a tendency for clients to believe they no longer need help. This is the most crucial time to remember to stay grateful and humble for recovery. Lasting recovery does not happen overnight, and many times the less patient people are about the process, the more likely they are to relapse.

Frequently Asked Questions about Relapse Prevention

  • What is the difference between cravings and triggers?
    A trigger is something that brings back painful thoughts, memories, or feelings that surrounded addiction. It can be a specific person, place, or even a physical object that reminds a person of the substance they were once addicted too. A craving is a physical component, where as a trigger is more of a mental component that can trigger a physical craving. A craving will create physical symptoms such as anxiousness, nervousness, as well as a strong want for the drug of choice.
  • What are the stages of relapse?
    There are three different stages of relapse. During an emotional relapse a person is not actively thinking about using drugs or alcohol, but their emotions and behaviors are actively setting them up for an eventual relapse. The transition to a mental relapse is when an individual stops caring for themselves for an extended period of time. Typically an individual will start to want to use again, but there is another part of them still wants to stay sober. The third stage of relapse is when a person has a physical relapse and uses drugs or alcohol again. They were unable to work through the mental relapse and acted on their urges.
  • What is the abstinence violation effect?
    The Abstinence Violation Affect (AVE) is the theory that an individual’s physiological state is what affects the progression and continuation of a relapse. Advocates of this theory believe that negative emotional states, intrapersonal conflict, and social pressure are contributors to AVE and result in relapse. The AVE theory is based on how an individual reacts to their relapse. It is believed that individuals who associate their relapse with a lack of control and suffer from heavy feelings of self-defeat, guilt, and shame are more likely to have a more severe relapse. The other side is if an individual can look at the relapse as an uncontrollable event they are less likely to have feelings of shame and guilt and will continue on the road to recovery despite their relapse.
  • What is the difference between a one-time slip and a relapse?
    A lot of times people in recovery hear the terms slip and relapse and determine that they are the same thing. There are some people in the recovery community who use the words interchangeably which can make things confusing. The majority of addiction professionals distinguish the difference between a relapse and a slip by the addicted individual’s intention. A slip can be defined as a single unplanned use of drugs or alcohol. A relapse is when an individual’s recovery plan is completely abandoned.
  • If I relapse should I go back to rehab?
    Broadway believes that a slip or a relapse does not erase the days an individual has been sober before that. A sober day, is a sober day, no matter what happens next. You can never erase that. Some people may think they need to start counting their sober time all over if they have a slip or a relapse. Broadway promotes just stating the truth of the situation by saying something like “I had been sober for 3 years and then had a relapse, but have been sober for 5 years since then.” All sober time counts. Do not allow a slip or a relapse to undermine your recovery journey.