When you commit to getting help for a substance abuse problem, one of your biggest challenges is relapse prevention – being able to resist the temptation to use again. Having a relapse prevention plan is essential, and Michelle Holley, LCSW, can help you design one that works for you. Michelle is the lead therapist at Starting Today Counseling in St. Marys, Georgia, and has considerable experience supporting people who need help to recover from their addictions. Call Starting Today Counseling now to schedule a consultation, or book your appointment online.
If you’re undergoing a rehabilitation program to deal with a substance abuse problem, at times you’re likely to face challenges or triggers that make it extremely difficult to resist using again. If you do use your substance of choice at this point, that’s known as a relapse.
A relapse prevention plan is a valuable tool for ensuring patients succeed in overcoming their addiction. Having the support and guidance of a skilled therapist like Michelle is crucial to relapse prevention.
She creates a personalized relapse prevention program for you that helps you identify and deal with triggers when they arise and find ways of managing stress in your life without turning to your substance of choice.
It’s a good idea to have a support network of reliable friends and family to whom you can turn when you need a helping hand. It also may be helpful to join a suitable support group. Support groups help you to avoid social isolation, which is a common problem for substance abusers, and give you the chance to interact with people who genuinely understand what you’re going through.
To help you manage cravings, you should carry the contact details of people you can call on if you’re having a crisis. Many support groups run sponsor schemes, so you know you have someone to turn to at any time.
You might also find it useful to keep a list handy as a reminder of actions you can take to divert cravings when they strike, which may not come readily to mind when you’re feeling tempted.
Seeing Michelle regularly gives you the essential support and professional guidance you need to succeed. She uses her considerable skills to identify areas where you’re struggling and suggests effective ways to deal with your problems.
She can also use specific techniques like cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to help you reframe your thought processes to learn to accept accountability for your actions and develop the resilience to resist temptation.
Group counseling can also be a valuable form of therapy, as statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse illustrate. Their studies show that men experience significantly higher numbers of relapses than women, simply because women are more likely to undergo group counseling than men.
For expert support that gives you the best chance of avoiding relapse prevention, talk to Michelle by calling Starting Today Counseling or use the online tool to book an appointment.