Who is at Risk of Relapse?
Relapse can happen to anyone who has struggled with addiction in the past. It affects individuals of all ages, genders and lifestyles, which often makes it difficult to predict. However, it may be more likely to affect certain groups, particularly those who do not have strong support systems or healthy habits in place to keep them on their path of recovery. Some higher-risk groups may include individuals who:
- Have relapsed multiple times
- Lead a high-stress lifestyle
- Do not participate in regular support meetings or therapy sessions
- Struggled with addiction for many years before seeking treatment
- Have a co-occurring mental health disorder
- Have recently completed short-term, full-time treatment
- Do not have a safe, supportive or substance-free living environment
- Are addicted to easily accessible substances such as marijuana or alcohol
If you believe that you or your loved one might be at risk for relapse, you may want to consider choosing an aftercare program or a relapse prevention program like the one we offer at Hired Power. We can provide the added support and structure that are needed to reduce the risk factors for relapse and help keep your recovery on track for life.
Warning Signs of Relapse
It can be difficult to recognize and predict the signs of relapse, especially when an individual has been sober for many years. But stressful life events such as loss, career changes, moves or conflicts might serve as triggers for relapse — someone in recovery may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope when they are emotionally vulnerable. It’s important to be attentive to the potential signs of relapse when life gets tough and to have a plan in place and offer support when necessary. Watch for warnings of relapse, including:
- Depressed or withdrawn mood
- Changes in behavior patterns
- Hiding information about spending or whereabouts
- Anxiety about living up to expectations
- Upcoming high-pressure events (e.g., starting a new job, visiting family for the holidays)
If you’re seeing these signs and you aren’t sure what to do, reach out to a recovery support service like Hired Power for assistance in preventing relapse or getting treatment for relapse. We can work with you to create a relapse prevention plan to put in place whenever the temptation to use drugs or alcohol returns.
Preventing Relapse with Hired Power
Hired Power provides professional transition services for individuals who are moving along their journey to a sober lifestyle and are seeking extra support in navigating each stage of recovery. Dedicated recovery treatment programs often specialize only in providing certain levels of care, and don’t always offer the ongoing support that’s necessary to maintain recovery beyond rehabilitation. Many individuals also struggle with transportation, scheduling and other logistics that ensure they can access the care they need. Hired Power is here to fill in the gaps where you are unable or unprepared to coordinate treatment for yourself or your loved one.
Relapse prevention is one of the many support services that we provide for our clients. We know that there is a real risk of relapse for anyone who has previously struggled with addiction, but we want to do whatever we can to ensure that your recovery is relapse-free. Studies show that consistent support, monitoring and planning produce better outcomes for long-term recovery, but individuals and their loved ones are not always qualified or equipped to prevent relapse on their own. Hired Power offers professional advice and assistance to plan ahead for relapse prevention and to handle signs of relapse when they arise. Our professional staff members work one-on-one to help you set goals, recognize your triggers, establish healthy habits and develop effective coping mechanisms.
In addition, we provide specialized services to keep relapse at bay, including:
- Case management
- Sober companions
- Drug or alcohol testing
- Care coordination
- Professional coaching
- Travel support
- Sober monitoring
There is no shame in relapsing — it is not a sign of failure, nor does it mean that you will never be able to live a fulfilling sober life. It simply means that you need more structure and support in your life to help prevent you from falling back into negative behavior patterns and old habits. Hired Power is dedicated to keeping our clients on track in recovery for life — we know that you are capable of finding and maintaining your sobriety, and we are here to help you realize your greatest substance-free potential.
Contact Hired Power
Find out more about our programs and services by contacting us at 800-910-9299. Our team is ready to learn more about your situation and your needs and to help you discover the recovery resources that are right for you or your loved one. With Hired Power on your side, your recovery experience can be empowering, enlightening and successful every step of the way.