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Relapse Prevention – Trenton

Relapse occurs when a person has experienced a period of sobriety and returns to using drugs or alcohol again. Drug Treatment Centers Trenton offers relapse prevention programs to help patients identify early signs of relapse and prevent it from occurring whenever possible. Relapse prevention education and training gives patients the skills and recovery tools they’ll need to maintain their sobriety once they’ve completed treatment and return to their normal lives.


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), rates of relapse for a person suffering from substance abuse addiction are similar to those of chronic conditions. Relapse rates for drug addiction typically range from 40 to 60 percent. Relapse rates for hypertension range from 50 to 70 percent while asthma ranges from 50 to 70 percent. Don’t be another statistic, call Drug Treatment Centers Trenton at 609-770-6140 today.

What Are the Stages of Relapse?

Relapse does not typically happen overnight. Instead, many people can identify thoughts and actions that led up to a person relapsing. This is why relapse prevention programs are so important — they can help a person identify lines of “addictive thinking” and how to respond to them. Many people are faced with a slip back into the possibility for relapse — it’s how they respond to this possibility that matters.


Emotional relapse is the first phase of relapse. At this point, a person is not even thinking of doing drugs again, but is starting to become less vigilant concerning his or her sobriety. The person may not feel as well as he or she once did after first becoming sober.

Examples of symptoms associated with emotional relapse include:

  • anxiety
  • attempting to re-gain control in life by over-exercising, dieting or overworking
  • denial, convincing himself or herself that everything is okay
  • difficulty sleeping
  • memory loss
  • stopping going to meetings


In a mental relapse phase, a person does begin to think about using drugs again. A person may start to positively reminisce about days of drug abuse and believe that if a person starts to use drugs again, that he or she can control the drug use.

Symptoms of the mental relapse phase are:

  • feeling as if nothing can help other than abusing drugs again
  • feeling out of control
  • hanging out with old friends the person used to abuse drugs with
  • thinking about drug abuse as the “good old days”


Physical relapse occurs when a person returns to drug or alcohol abuse after a period of sobriety. This does not have to mean the person will continue the slide back into drug addiction. A person can quickly correct his or her actions if given the right tools to prevent further drug abuse and return to sobriety.

What Do Prevention Programs Aim to Do In a Treatment Center?

Relapse prevention programs at Drug Treatment Centers Trenton aim to educate patients about the following:

  • aftercare implementation
  • available sober living meetings
  • high-risk situations
  • how to adopt positive coping mechanisms, such as yoga, art therapy or music therapy
  • how to identify a potential sponsor
  • making appointments for continued counseling
  • warning signs
  • when to reach out for help

Each of these techniques can give a person the “tools” he or she needs to recognize relapse while also giving the person the best possible chance to overcome a drug or alcohol addiction. Utilizing a variety of relapse prevention techniques at a rehabilitation treatment center, can give the person the tools needed to prevent relapse before he or she returns home.

To learn more about relapse prevention programs at Drug Treatment Centers Trenton, please call 609-770-6140.

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