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Relapse Prevention Guide

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Relapse Prevention Guide

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Relapse Prevention Guide

  1. 1. ADDICTION & RELAPSE BY THE NUMBERS Family support is a critical component when it comes to recovering from substance abuse. Below are some key ways that families can help a loved one avoid a relapse. buenavistarecovery.com 21.5 MILLION Estimated number of Americans with a substance abuse disorder (2014) > 80% The overwhelming majority of those battling addiction are fighting alcohol addiction 8 MILLION Estimated number of Americans who experience mental illness in addition to addiction > 50% Studies vary, but more than half of people who receive treatment for addiction have at least one relapse after a period of recovery WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO WHILE A LOVED ONE IS IN REHAB • Learn more about the addiction • Try to stabilize the family member’s life as much as possible • Look for warning signs of relapse • Eliminate situations that may create temptation for the family member • Honestly assess how the family dynamic may help or hinder the recovery process • Practice communicating more effectively with each other • Create an intervention plan when warning signs are detected HOW FAMILIES SHOULD SHOW THEIR SUPPORT • Get involved in the recovery process • Join support groups for family members affected by addiction • Remove temptations around the house • Create a plan for dealing with relapse as a family • Show an interest in the loved one’s recovery process • Be prepared to cope with addiction long-term WARNING SIGNS FAMILIES SHOULD LOOK FOR • Sudden changes in emotional states • Depression • Recurrence of old habits • Shutting themselves off from family • Neglecting healthy habits such as showering • Poor sleeping and eating habits • Confusion • Not attending therapy or support groups • Despair or talk of suicide Relapse Prevention Plan for Families Sources: https://www.samhsa.gov/disorders/co-occurring, https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf

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