At The Right Step, we recognize relapse as a symptom of the disease of chemical dependency and focus on relapse prevention for our clients. For those who have experienced recovery and have then relapsed, we have a special treatment program.
Before the recovering person starts to use alcohol or other drugs again, there is a pattern of behavior that starts with the return of denial, and is marked by symptoms of isolation, depression, high levels of stress, and impaired judgment. At The Right Step – San Antonio, our experience teaches us that relapse is a process — recognizable, preventable and treatable.
With this in mind, we develop a program specifically for the individual who has experienced recovery and then relapsed. We provide specialized education and process groups, which focus on the specific, problematic issues the relapse patient is presenting.
Many who have been in treatment before and have been successful in recovery are well versed in the various educational topics presented to the patient population. Consequently, they participate in relapse education classes. These classes are based on Terence Gorski’s Developmental Model of Recovery and Relapse. Patients learn to identify mistaken beliefs about relapse, personal recovery ‘stuck points,’ relapse justifications and relapse warning signs.
In process groups, those who have relapsed are able to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors that contributed to their relapse and identify future relapse threats. They also work through the shame, guilt and fear associated with having been on the road of recovery and failed.
All of our clients are encouraged to work twelve step programs. We have found many of our relapse patients have lost their focus on the Steps prior to relapsing. We continually emphasize step work and assist these patients in moving beyond their previous stuck points. They also develop continuing care plans and are encouraged to find counselors and 12-Step sponsors who are compatible with relapse prevention concepts. Each patient leaves treatment with a detailed recovery plan. Families are strongly encouraged to participate throughout the entire process