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Treating Chronic Relapse

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. Continue reading below for details about chronic relapse treatment at Alta Mira.

I tried other treatment programs, and always relapsed. Before arriving at Alta Mira, I felt hopeless. I’m eternally grateful.
– Kristina, Alta Mira Alumna

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.

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