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What Is the Most Effective Method for Relapse Prevention?

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Relapse prevention for young adults is an essential element of addiction treatment. When a teen struggles with cravings or thoughts of relapse after treatment, young adult relapse prevention therapy can provide the additional skills they need to successfully avoid relapse and continue to build a strong recovery foundation. 

Kiwi Recovery is a teen treatment center. We offer support for concerns related to mental health and substance use. If your teen is struggling to maintain their recovery after treatment, we can help. 

Call 617.751.6610 today to learn more about the teen relapse prevention program at Kiwi Recovery.

How Can a Teen Relapse Prevention Program Help?

An effective substance use treatment program can bring about significant changes in a teen’s life. These programs offer insight into the factors contributing to a substance use disorder, education about how addiction works, and coping skills to help a teen stay in recovery and away from substances. 

However, these programs don’t always provide enough support when it comes to avoiding relapse. A teen can be triggered to relapse for many reasons. Some common ones include: 

  • Challenging emotions
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Spending time with friends who use substances
  • Conflicts with friends or family
  • Places or things that trigger thoughts of using substances
  • Boredom

As time passes, the lessons of rehab can feel further and further away — and the pull to use substances again can increase until a teen gives in to it. 

A teen relapse prevention program helps a teen stay connected to a recovery community and offers ongoing support when those in recovery face triggers and challenging thoughts and feelings. 

Effective Relapse Prevention Strategies

Effective relapse prevention starts with an evaluation, which allows treatment professionals to determine which elements of recovery a teen is struggling with and develop a strategy for overcoming them. 

Once a plan has been created, a teen participates in sessions designed to continue strengthening their ability to resist the urge to relapse. Treatment sessions may focus on relapse prevention strategies that include: 

  • Identifying possible triggers
  • Identifying the people, places, and things that could jeopardize recovery
  • Making a plan for dealing with triggers
  • Making a list of people to call when triggers arise
  • Creating an emergency plan for serious cravings
  • Identifying activities and hobbies that support recovery
  • Working on emotional regulation
  • Learning to handle unwanted thoughts
  • Continuing to build communication skills  

Sometimes, a teen may simply need a stronger connection to a recovery community, where they can meet with peers in recovery, discuss challenges, and receive support and understanding. These connections help teens maintain focus on their reasons for attending treatment and continue building the habits that will lead to long-term recovery. 

Addressing Co-Occurring Concerns

Sometimes, a teen may not have received sufficient support with the factors that have contributed to addiction. They may need additional support with mental health concerns like: 

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders
  • Process addictions
  • Unprocessed trauma

Substance use treatment that fails to offer adequate support with co-occurring concerns can leave teens struggling to stay away from substances. Overcoming challenges like these can be an ongoing process. For example, trauma healing is unique to the individual, while a mental health condition may require that medications be adjusted. 

Identifying why a teen is struggling is an essential first step in creating a relapse prevention plan that can successfully set a teen on the path to long-term recovery.  

Get Support with Teen Relapse Prevention at Kiwi Recovery

Thoughts of relapse are a normal part of substance use disorder recovery—but such thoughts need to be addressed if a teen hopes to avoid relapse. When a teen struggles after treatment, it’s a serious sign they need additional support. 

Kiwi Recovery offers relapse prevention for young adults. Our program guides teens as they navigate the challenges of early recovery, especially when it comes to successfully avoiding relapse. 

Call 617.751.6610 today to learn more about getting help for a teen in recovery at Kiwi Recovery.