Cravings don’t just stop upon the completion of a rehabilitation program. Addiction is a lifelong fight. That’s why Soledad House’s relapse prevention support aims to help our former clients maintain their recovery. But why do people need extra help after rehab?

Why Is Relapse Prevention Important?

a woman is happy she has Soledad House's relapse prevention support helping her deal with relapse triggersMost women need some form of continuing support after completing treatment. Returning to the stresses of everyday life can be an intense experience. While they learned coping mechanisms during treatment to deal with these stresses, trying to use them in practice can be a separate challenge entirely. People in recovery are always at risk for relapse, as they continuously have to face relapse triggers.

What Are Relapse Triggers?

Addiction relapses occur as a response to relapse triggers. These triggers can be different for everybody and are specific to their experiences. For example, one woman may feel the urge to use whenever she drives past a place that she used to frequent while in active addiction. Another may feel triggered when she’s overwhelmed at work and wants a quick way to relieve stress.

Of course, there are endless situations that can remind someone of their drug or alcohol use. Soledad House’s relapse prevention support exists to help women identify these situations and move past them without resorting to drugs or alcohol.

Tools for Relapse Prevention

A woman sits outside smiling because she is grateful for Soledad House's relapse prevention support helping her manage relapse triggersDeveloping tools to cope with cravings is the key to success in recovery. One great tool that Soledad House’s relapse prevention support provides is a support system. Sometimes, all it takes to prevent a relapse is for a woman to know that someone that understands is there to support her if she needs it. Soledad House holds regular events that are open to the alumni community, providing them with opportunities for sober socialization.

Stress management is also a solid tool to have in a relapse prevention arsenal. Near the end of your time in our care, the staff at Soledad House will help connect you to counseling resources and support groups in your area. These resources can help you both deal with stress and strengthen your recovery.

Take Advantage of Soledad House’s Relapse Prevention Support

Soledad House takes pride in preparing women for life in recovery through our extended care programs and sober living opportunities. However, we know that it’s perfectly okay to need some extra help, too. Women that complete our programs have full access to all of Soledad House’s relapse prevention support. To find out more about our Alumni Program and addiction recovery resources, reach out to us at (866) 767-6964 today.