Chronic Relapse Prevention

Whether you are struggling with chronic relapse or feel you are in danger of relapsing, know that you are far from alone. Most individuals in recovery face the realities of possible relapse at some point—struggling to hold on to sobriety, fearful of the consequences of a relapse, and disheartened that treatment “didn’t work.” Some individuals have had multiple treatment episodes and still continue a pattern of chronic relapse.

If you have struggled with chronic relapse, it is not because of a failing or weakness on your part, but rather an indicator that you have not yet experienced the most effective treatment for your individual needs.

Recovery is a lifelong process that requires ongoing maintenance, education and support. Our exceptional clinical program can provide you with the hope, skills and knowledge to overcome a pattern of chronic relapse.

Our Diagnostic Program Makes a Difference in Chronic Relapse

Our comprehensive psychological testing and evaluation program can significantly lower your risk for relapse. There is a good chance that you are compelled to use drugs and alcohol, in part, because of underlying emotional and mental health issues, called co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety. By diagnosing these issues early in your time with us, we are able to begin treatment of the actual mental health issues contributing to your relapse, rather than just treating the symptom of drug and alcohol use. As a client at Alta Mira, you will receive a full battery of psychological, cognitive and vocational tests, along with medical, clinical and psychiatric evaluations, all included in the price of treatment.

Peer Support

For most people, overcoming chronic relapse requires ongoing social support from peers. 12-step peer support groups (such as AA) exist in communities around the world and can greatly reduce your vulnerability to relapse. Peer support has been shown to be beneficial for many conditions where behavior change is required for recovery, including addiction, mental illness, diabetes, weight loss and more. In our experience, many individuals who struggle with relapse lack exposure to and comfort with these groups; therefore, we integrate peer support work into each day of treatment. Our educational program includes in-depth lectures on integrating the 12-steps into your life and spiritual perspective, and overcoming barriers and resistance to the wisdom of the 12-steps. For those who prefer other peer support options, we also provide access to Smart Recovery and LifeRing groups. In addition, our continuing care program offers free weekly peer support groups for alumni.

Treating All Aspects of Addiction

Addiction is a complex illness, especially for those who struggle with chronic relapse. In order for treatment to be effective, it needs to address the neurobiological, psychological, social, physical and spiritual aspects of the disease. Alta Mira accomplishes this through combining a sophisticated clinical program, holistic therapies, extensive opportunities for personal spiritual development, and intensive work on family dynamics. In our 90-Day Comprehensive Program, you will have the opportunity for even deeper work on issues that can help support the best possible chance of recovery, including intensive work on codependency, trauma, spirituality, forgiveness and more. This level of in-depth recovery work makes a significant difference for those struggling with relapse.

Many of our clients also benefit from medications that help prevent relapse. Toward the end of your residential stay, your treatment team will work with you to determine what medications may be viable options for you. The proper medication strategy can make a significant impact in craving control and relapse prevention.

About the Program

At Alta Mira, we believe that relapse is a part of the recovery process and not an indication of failure. You don’t forfeit your recovery because you drank or used again, you change your sobriety date.

Starting up, not over

We do not think it is effective or clinically appropriate to send a chronic relapse client back into “Recovery 101.” Instead, we help each client learn to stop the relapse process and take the necessary action to get back into his/her recovery program.

Eliminating shame and guilt

We work to develop a specific course of treatment that focuses exclusively on developing a comprehensive Relapse Prevention Plan. Our staff includes Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialists, who work closely with each client to address and remove the shame and guilt associated with relapse.

Building on what works

Clients receive treatment plans, assignments and group therapy designed specifically for those prone to relapse. We assist the client in identifying which components of their recovery were working and which components need to be modified.

Targeting the source

Another important aspect of our ReVision treatment program is our clinical focus on underlying core issues, which oftentimes continue to plague one’s recovery. These can include lingering issues of low self-esteem, self-doubt and self-hatred that are often the result of unresolved trauma. We identify these self-defeating thoughts and behaviors that undermine the recovery process, and do so in a safe and nurturing environment.

What’s Included

Alta Mira’s ReVision program includes the following core services to create a productive treatment experience and enduring recovery:

  • Psychological Testing

    We conduct extensive psychological testing on every chronic relapse client within ten days of admission. Our staff neuropsychologist leads clients through a battery of up to ten psychological tests. Test results inform treatment planning and often result in “ah-ha” moments for clients and the clinical team alike.

  • Individual Therapy

    We offer clients a minimum of three individual therapy sessions every week. These intensive sessions drive the healing process and expedite a full, lasting recovery. Our staff of licensed therapists, all of whom possess a master’s degree or higher, is accessible seven days a week.

  • Process Groups

    At Alta Mira, we’ve seen firsthand what countless clinical studies have proven: group therapy helps individuals recover hope, solve problems and grow.  We provide a safe forum for clients to share their experiences and find inspiration by watching their peers overcome similar problems.

  • Family Programs

    We understand how crucial it is to have the client’s loved ones be able to contribute and participate in the recovery process, and we work very hard to balance the client’s right to privacy and confidentiality with the clinical value of developing a true sober support system.

  • Holistic Services

    Alta Mira offers a variety of services that promote health and healing for the body, mind and soul, including: massage; acupuncture; personal training; yoga and tai chi; spiritual counseling; art and equine-assisted therapy; Native American sweat lodge ceremonies; cooking for recovery classes; and pet therapy, To name a few.

  • Weekly Alumni Groups

    Relapse Prevention Workbook

    We have developed a series of written and experiential exercises designed specifically to address core issues that are causing chronic relapse.  Before leaving, each Alta Mira client will complete the work book and be able to use it as a resource after leaving Alta Mira.

  • Lifetime Continuous Care

    Each client at Alta Mira will leave with a comprehensive discharge and relapse prevention plan as well as access to lifetime aftercare services. Included in the price of our programs are two-day revisits, or treatment “tune-ups,” every three months following the successful conclusion of treatment.

  • Pet Programs

    We understand that many people have a special bond with their pets, and the idea of leaving their animal home while they come to treatment presents a difficult dilemma. Under certain circumstances, Alta Mira may allow clients to bring a pet to treatment.

To learn more about our core services, call us at 866-922-1350.

Other Recovery Services

We offer a number of additional recovery services to assist our clients both before and after the treatment experience, either directly through our own staff or approved clinical providers at an additional cost to our ReVision program.


We work with some of the best interventionists in the country. If you require this service, our intake team will promptly connect you with a qualified interventionist who can assist you. The fee for this service will be paid directly to the provider.

Learn more about our intervention services


We offer on-site medically monitored detoxification for most ReVision clients.  For the more complicated and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms we will assist in coordinating with an inpatient medical facility.

Learn more about our detox services

Recovery coaching

We recognize that some extended care clients will need additional support once they return home.  As a result we offer recovery coaching services with a master’s level therapist that can assist clients in their transition and integration back into their home and work environments.

Learn more about our recovery coaching services

Sober companion

We provide a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors to come to your home and/or work environment to provide daily sober support and companionship.

Learn more about our sober companion services

Post-treatment monitoring

Post-treatment monitoring is a service we offer ReVision alumni who either want additional structure and accountability after leaving treatment or need to document and verify their ongoing involvement in recovery activities.

Learn more about our monitoring services