Relapse Prevention

Relapse prevention is a process that should start before temptations to use or drink happen.Relapse prevention addresses many topics such as social groups, emotional cues, triggers, and developing more positive coping behaviors. Individuals can also become aware of warning signs that a relapse is close if they do not take action. Relapse prevention planscan be a valuable tool to use in treatment as the client can have a concrete plan on what to do when they experience cravings to use or drink. Relapse prevention plans may include but are not limited to the following components: contact information of supportive people, activities to engage in instead of using substances, places to avoid,triggers and warning signs, lists of AA meetings or related support groups, and a plan if relapse does occur.