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Relapse Prevention

There are many triggers to relapse for recovering alcoholics and addicts, but there are also preventive measures that can be successful.
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My Last Relapse
Share your experience about your last relapse and how you plan to avoid another one.

Warning Signs of an Alcohol or Drug Relapse
An alcohol or drug relapse does not begin when you pick up your drug of choice, it is a process that begins long before actual use.

What Are Your Biggest Relapse Triggers?
People new to recovery can be triggered to pick up a drink or start using drugs again by certain situations, events or even other people. What were the biggest relapse triggers that you have to fight. How do you deal with them?

Displays of Shame Can Predict Relapse
Watching someone in recovery's body language, rather than what they say, may produce a more accurate prediction of whether they are likely to relapse.

Recipes for Alcohol-Free Drinks and Punches
Submit your recipes for alcohol-free drinks and punches.

Dealing With Having an Relapse
If you tried to quit drinking or using drugs, but had a relapse and returned to drinking or using, you are not alone. Statistics indicate that up to 90 percent of people who try to quit have at least one relapse before achieving long-term sobriety.

Using Exercise to Aid Alcohol and Drug Recovery
Many professional alcohol and drug treatment and rehabilitation programs include exercise as part of an overall program to help patients maintain abstinence and develop a more healthy lifestyle.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Addiction
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is mostly used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, phobias, delusional disorder and other mental disorders, but it has also been shown to be valuable in treating alcoholism and drug addiction.

Relapse Triggers
The consensus seems to be that very early in sobriety, news articles, TV commercials and even Jimmy Buffet tunes can be a threat to cause a relapse.

Stress Should Be Avoided in Early Sobriety
Many alcohol treatment and rehabilitation programs include exercise and sports programs for patients who are in early abstitence, but now there is research that suggests that may not be a good idea, at least for the first couple of months.

How You Deal With Stress Can Reduce Cravings
Researchers have found that addicts who deal with problems by avoiding them experience twice the number of cravings for drugs during a stressful day than those who use coping skills to work through their problems.

Spouse's Attitude Can Affect Relapse
A new study confirms that Al-Anon's purpose of offering "understanding and encouragement" to those with drinking problems is best approach family members can take in dealing with the problem.

Nicotine Increases Alcohol Craving
People who smoke and try to quit drinking have a more difficult time not relapsing, because nicotine may actually cause a craving for alcohol.

Relapse and Craving
There is evidence that approximately 90 percent of alcoholics are likely to experience at least one relapse over the 4-year period following treatment.

Personality Drives Cravings for Gamblers, Alcoholics
Research shows that gamblers and alcoholics have distinctive personality traits that affect their cravings. Gamblers seem to crave gambling as a anti-depression measure, while alcoholcs crave alcohol as more of an anti-anxiety effort.

'Contingency Management' Improves Addiction Recovery
A treatment approach called contingency management improves patients' motivation to stay in treatment and increases their therapeutic progress, as well as improves the morale of clinic staff and administration.

Before You Take That Drink
A list of diversions which can be implemented by recovering alcoholics within a short time of having a serious thought about drinking alcohol.

Relapse - The Revolving Door
According to the folks at Clarity Way, one of the persistent challenges of fighting addiction is the risk of relapse, or the full return to an addictive lifestyle after an attempt to quit.

Addiction Relapse Similar to Other Chronic Diseases
Relapse following treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is common, predictable and preventable, according to a research report by the Caron Foundation.

Blocking Neurotransmitter May Help Alcoholics
New study of neurotransmitters is the first to show that a compound that blocks NPY activity may be useful for alcohol treatment. Scientists believe a blocker has the potential to both prevent relapse and decrease active drinking.

Brain Region That Triggers Relapse Pinpointed
Relapse among recovering drug addicts can now be linked to specific nerve cells in a particular region of the brain, according to researchers. The discovery may help pave the way for new addiction therapies and intervention strategies.

Genetics, Stress Push Alcoholics Off the Wagon
Researchers are getting a better idea as to why alcoholics can't resist the urge. Recent studies are shedding new light on the underlying behavioral and neurobiological causes.

Repeated Detox Can Impair Cognitive Function
A study of the cognitive function of chronic drinkers has found that the number of detoxifications that alcohol dependent patients experience contributes significantly to frontal-lobe impairments.

Obstacles to Recovery
The principal obstacles to recovery from any addiction are ignorance, shame, dishonesty, and personal exceptionalism.

Study Questions Motivation Interviewing Effectiveness
A study designed to assess the usefulness of a single session of motivational interviewing in drug abuse treatment showed that the single session of the psychotherapy technique had no effect on drug use outcomes.

Using Exercise in Recovery
Share your experience about how you have used an exercise program to help you remain clean and sober.See submissions

Stress Management in Recovery
Stress management is not the same thing as stress relief. Stress management is a long-term solution to millions of short-term problems.

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