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Relapse Prevention For Women

What is Relapse Prevention?

Relapse prevention is a cognitive-behavioral therapy initially created to treat those who chronically abuse alcohol. Later, the therapy was adapted to treat cocaine addicts and abusers of heroin and methamphetamines. Relapse prevention therapy works on the principle that because damaging behaviors are learned they can be unlearned and replaced with new, healthy behaviors.

At Orchid Recovery Center, we strongly believe in relapse prevention therapy and incorporate it along with traditional 12-step therapies and alternative approaches into a well-rounded set of treatment offerings. For a full drug rehabilitation, the whole woman-the mental and spiritual aspects of addiction as well as the physical-should be addressed and relapse prevention therapy touches all three.

How Does Relapse Prevention Fit in Drug Addiction Treatment?

Drug addiction treatment starts with a full detox to break the addict or alcoholic’s physical dependence upon the drug or drugs abused. After that, relapse prevention begins with identification of the problematic attitudes and behaviors that led the addict to use. Several strategies to change and replace those attitudes and behaviors are integrated into the program at Orchid Recovery and any number of them can be found in a number of our therapeutic offerings here. These include but are not limited to:

  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Compassionate exercise and stretching
  • Acupuncture, acupressure, and body massage
  • Group meetings and counseling
  • Art therapy workshops

At Orchid Recovery Center, after the admission process is complete, our clients create a personalized drug treatment plan with the help of our staff. The goal is for each woman to define her own path of recovery and embark upon it under the guidance and supervision of trained professionals here at Orchid Recovery Center. When she returns home, she will take with her the tools learned through relapse prevention therapy to handle situations that trigger the desire to use drugs and alcohol.

How is Relapse Prevention Different for Women?

Research indicates that women not only stay abstinent after treatment longer than men but that they respond to different relapse prevention techniques as well. Additionally, should they relapse, their “runs” are usually shorter and less intense because them implement the strategies that they gain in drug addiction treatment.

At Orchid Recovery Center, we believe that long-term abstinence and relapse prevention for women is found in strong relationships. By creating relationships with others in the recovery community, attending group sessions and becoming an active member of the therapeutic community, women are more likely to remain drug free after they leave drug rehab.

How is Orchid Recovery Center Equipped to Provide Relapse Prevention for Women?

The staff at Orchid Recovery Center is made up entirely of women and provides drug rehabilitation to female clients only. The woman-centered environment is focused on the unique places from which women begin their addictions and on providing the tools they will need to handle their distinctive challenges when they return home. For more information, call Orchid Recovery Center today.

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