Addiction Relapse Prevention Tips for Recovery

Prevention tips start with long-term care and then following through with aftercare recommendations, especially in regards to the opiod crisis You get so many young people, 18 to 30, that we do interventions for that were living with mom and dad

And they go off to treatment for a short period of time and then they go right back home The first line of defense in relapse prevention is long-term treatment, three to six months, followed by long-term aftercare in a sober living house Families always ask me, when can my son or daughter come home? And I say, when they don't want to anymore When you allow an addicted loved one to move back in with you, you're just going backwards You're not a halfway house

You're not a treatment center You're not an aftercare They're coming back to their comfort zone I've been in recovery for 13 years When I go to my parents' to visit, I still don't feel right when I go down in their basement, where I did my drugs

And this is 13 years later To think that anybody can go back to that comfort zone, they just can't The other line of defense for relapse prevention is, after the intervention, is the monitoring that we do with families to hold them accountable because there's, if one person outgrows the other, you open the door for relapse You know, families, if families stay sick and the addict returns to that environment, it's unhealthy If the family gets better and the addict doesn't, that could be unhealthy

There has to be a simultaneous growth

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