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Relapse Prevention at AToN Center

Relapse Prevention skill building is an integral aspect of treatment at AToN Center. It is estimated that between 40% and 60% of individuals who have sought addiction treatment experience a relapse post-treatment. For a resident, a relapse can feel like a devastating personal defeat. It can undermine the confidence developed on the emotional, physical and mental progress made during the course of treatment. Some experience multiple relapses which can diminish hope for successful recovery. That is why Relapse Prevention plays such an important role in AToN Center’s therapeutic philosophy.

A common misperception about relapse is that it is a sudden and uncontrollable event. AToN Center’s Clinical Team utilizes multiple techniques to assist residents in identifying relapse warning signs that can build over time and threaten recovery. Relapse warning signs may be present for weeks and sometimes months before the person in recovery reverts to their substance of choice. This time frame, from the first minor indicators of a relapse up to the actual recurrence, allows the resident to counter the urge and withstand it.

Our residents are trained in understanding the process of relapse and identifying problematic behavior – such as isolation, defensiveness and lack of self-care. By recognizing these early warning indicators, we enable our residents to be aware of their entry into relapse mode and seek help at the right time, before the relapse gains momentum. After conducting research on the most effective styles of coping, residents are assisted in practicing and mastering coping skills that are essential in preventing relapse.

Relapse Prevention groups are held twice weekly at AToN Center. Residents learn the difference between relapse warning signs, triggers and cravings. They learn how to identify their unique signs and triggers and how to apply corresponding coping skills for relapse prevention. Residents prepare for, attend and review their weekly exposure sessions with the AToN Clinical Team.

Residents who complete treatment at AToN Center are offered a weekly alumni support group on campus, as well as weekly phone calls by the Chemical Dependency counselors.