Recovery is not complete once alcohol rehabilitation comes to a conclusion. In fact, recovery is a lifelong journey with all the highs and lows you would expect. Once you leave our alcohol rehabilitation centre you are re-exposed to triggers which encourage alcohol consumption. Without a solid after-care programme relapse is more likely to occur threatening hard work and determination up to this point.
After-care begins once treatment has been completed. Facts emerged during treatment influence the direction of your personalised after-care plan.
For those now living in recovery, the risk of relapse is an ever-present threat. The relapse risk is heightened if you suffer from depression or anxiety. Such conditions heighten temptations to relapse. Alcohol consumption is often believed capable of lessening pain brought on by depression. A history of depression and anxiety is noted in your after-care plan and extra provisions are accordingly put in place.
Relapse prevention techniques are incorporated into therapy sessions following detoxification. During therapy sessions, you learn to identify ‘addiction triggers’. Typically triggers include exposure to certain people, places and psychological/emotional feelings such as stress and depression. If you are taught to recognise triggers you gain the opportunity to take alternative action other than resorting to alcohol consumption. You are taught to recognise early signs of emotional relapse. This makes sure you are better able to prevent physical relapse.
Our relapse rates are amongst some of the lowest in Europe. However, a small percentage of patients return to drinking alcohol within the first 12 months after rehabilitation. After-care plans thus include a helpline to provide assistance should relapse occur.
After-care plans encourage the involvement of family and close friends in your recovery. Such people are likely to be the first line of defence should relapse become a legitimate risk. We aim to educate friends and family on the process of relapse and in seeking out appropriate support should relapse occurred. Our rehabilitation programme offers family therapy which is the ideal way of incorporating loved ones into after-care treatment. The larger your support network, the greater your chances of long-term recovery.
We encourage patients to attend local Alcoholics Anonymous groups once patients return home. Such groups use 12 step programmes to encourage lasting recovery.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers safe and secure alcohol detox programmes throughout the United Kingdom. Centres are typically residential in nature and offer a diverse range of treatment programmes. Please call Rehab 4 Alcoholism today by dialling 0800 111 4108.