Relapse Prevention

Promont Wellness offers a relapse prevention program in Pennsylvania to help the Southampton community stay sober and healthy in recovery.


Relapse Prevention in Philadelphia, PA

Addiction is one of the most serious health concerns in America today, with millions of people struggling to abstain from using drugs or alcohol. This disease knows no boundaries, with people of all ages and backgrounds being affected. Many begin to use drugs or alcohol because they are seeking relief from the stresses of modern society. All too often, this can turn into a dependence on substance use, which has detrimental effects on physical and mental health. It is possible to get sober through addiction treatment therapy, but even those who successfully abstain from drugs or alcohol must always be vigilant to avoid relapsing.

Recovery is about managing cravings and triggers to maintain a sober life. There are a number of treatments and therapies. Those who have successfully completed a treatment program are not cured; they simply have the foundation and tools required to make better choices for their own well-being. However, the ups and downs of life can put a strain on anyone, and a return to substance use is always a possibility. Promont Wellness offers a relapse prevention program in Pennsylvania to help the Southampton community stay sober and healthy in recovery. Our conveniently-located and accessible addiction treatment center serves anyone, no matter their history or background. Contact us at 866.939.4243 to learn more.

What is psychotherapy?

Relapse prevention therapy is based on psychotherapy, one of the most effective treatment modalities used in addiction therapy and mental health therapy. The goal of this treatment is to help the client prevent relapses by creating an actionable strategy to avoid substance use. Much like standard psychotherapy, the client will speak with the therapist about their triggers and cravings, as well as the circumstances which are most likely to present these triggers. Because each client is unique, the triggers can vary widely. However, some of the most common types of triggers include the following:

  • Fear, anger, emptiness, and other negative emotions
  • The presence of alcohol or drugs
  • Lack of connection to other people
  • Relationship issues
  • People, places, or things associated with pleasurable substance use
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Financial stress or debt

During relapse prevention therapy, the client and therapist will work together to determine the emotional states that will most likely cause relapse and how to manage these emotions before the client spirals back into former substance use behaviors.


What are the Benefits of Relapse Prevention?

Working with a therapist can help teach clients vital skills that they will need to live a happy, fulfilling life in recovery. They also gain insight into the emotional states that cause them to seek out substances and what they can do to manage these emotions. There are a number of relapse prevention skills that are taught during this type of program. Here are some of the main techniques:

HALT is an acronym that stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. These four emotional states are often major triggers for those in recovery, as substance use can seem like a preferable course of action for relief from these emotions. Clients are taught to regularly take inventory of their mental state and recognize when they are feeling any of these four emotions.
Mindfulness training teaches clients to be more aware of their cravings without giving in to them. Clients who are more self-aware are often better able to cope with cravings and avoid relapsing. Being able to view what you are doing, thinking, and feeling without any judgment can bring tremendous insight and empowerment over your cravings.

Grounding techniques are a catchall term for exercises that may help you refocus on the present and distract you from troubling emotions. They can either be physical or mental exercises, and there are options that can work for anyone. Some of the more common grounding techniques that are taught include:

  • Anchoring phrases
  • Visualization
  • Self-kindness
  • Breathing exercises
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Achieve Abstinence with Promont Wellness in Southampton, PA

If you are struggling in recovery, a relapse prevention program can give you the tools you need to abstain from substance use. If you live in the greater Philadelphia area, our addiction treatment programs can help. We offer relapse prevention therapy and a wide range of comprehensive treatment modalities. There is no need to battle addiction alone. Contact us at 866.939.4243 or via our online form, and our admissions team can answer all your questions about what we offer.

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