Applying Relapse Prevention Techniques
Individual clients have the opportunity to hone these skills once inpatient treatment has come to an end, and apply the skills in real life circumstances as they slowly work towards independent living. At Immersion Recovery Center we offer a multi-phased approach to treatment. The initial phase is medically monitored detox, during which a client is physically stabilized as he or she undergoes the symptoms of withdrawal. Regardless of what substance was being abused or the length or severity of abuse, medical detox is a necessary first step. During medical detox clients are treated for withdrawal symptoms while being slowly introduced to relapse prevention techniques. Clients are introduced to the 12 step methodology and begin working closely with both a therapist and a case manager. When the client is deemed physically stable to move on to the next appropriate level of care, he or she will move on to our inpatient treatment program. During this phase of recovery, what we refer to as the second phase, the client will dive more deeply into relapse prevention, learning techniques and examining personal relapse triggers and any unresolved issues that might increase the propensity for relapse. Once a client has completed the second phase of treatment, he or she moves onto the third phase, which could include a combination of several aftercare programs. In most cases, sober living housing will be recommended. Sober living housing provides a great opportunity to apply learned techniques in a real life setting. Clients are then able to actively employ the relapse prevention strategies they have learned as they move towards more independent living. They will also be able to openly discuss personal triumphs and difficulties in a group setting, which will further facilitate the ability to communicate effectively with others and develop sustainable, interpersonal relationships.