Relapse Prevention in Grand Rapids, MI 616-828-4790

Relapse is when a person returns to abusing addictive substances after a period of sobriety. Treatment plans are developed to help a person avoid a return to substance abuse, which is relapse prevention in Grand Rapids.

Relapse rates are high for some substances, and a comprehensive relapse prevention plan is needed to avoid a return to abuse. The first five years are the most risky, so this plan needs to be in place for that time period, at a minimum. Alcohol Drug Treatment Grand Rapids can help you once you've decided you need help. We will help you find a rehab facility that meets all your needs. Call us at 616-828-4790.

Relapse Rates

Heroin has the highest relapse rate at 87%, the second is alcohol at 86%. Highly addictive crack cocaine is at 84% and marijuana abusers relapse at a rate of 72%. Depressant drugs - 51%, methamphetamines - 56%, cocaine - 55% and PCP, inhalants and hallucinogens - 40-46% all come in at approximately the halfway point.

Stages of Relapse

  • Emotional: Anxiety and anger are rising and the person becomes defensive and has feelings of isolation. An abuser may know they need help at this stage, but they refuse to ask for it, pretending all is fine. They also stopped attending meetings and appointments.
  • Mental: Conflict is developing where one side of the person wants to return to using but another part resists. Considering using is now turning into planning to use. The abuser is thinking about past use and begins to lie about how they really are feeling. They start looking up old connections who have drugs.
  • Physical: The person has returned to using. Sobriety is now gone. The individual is in need of immediate treatment to try and minimize the relapse.


Rehab centers help substance abusers prepare for a sober life by warning them of the progression of relapse and the warning signs. They help individuals to plan reactions to avoid a setback. Some points relating to this are:

  • High risk situations: Addiction specialists help an abuser plan behaviors in reaction to high risk situations. Environment, a life crisis or a major life change are all high risk situations needing awareness.
  • Warning signs: Teaching individuals about warning signs so they are aware when they occur is important. Anger, resentment, feeling like a victim, fear, anxiety and thinking about relapsing are all warning signs to be recognized, so they can be resolved while maintaining sobriety.
  • Reaching out for help: When warning signs are present or high risk situations occur, it is helpful if a person learns that reaching out for help early is the best way to prevent relapse. They are encouraged to recognize mental and physical isolation leads to relapse if not addressed and to call a sponsor or go to a meeting.
  • Sober living: Sober living in a halfway house is an effective way to help people transition from a residential treatment center into daily living. Daily support services help keep the focus on sobriety and away from old habits.
  • Meetings: When a person leaves residential treatment, they should attend "90 meetings in 90 days". Meetings help support them to avoid relapse. Meetings need to be a lifelong commitment to sustaining sobriety. Failing to attend meetings is a sign relapse is possible.
  • Sponsors: Sponsors are people who have had addiction problems, but they are now sober. Sponsors offer time and experience to help others stay sober and can offer emergency support to prevent relapse.
  • Continued counseling: People in recovery from substance abuse need continued counseling to reinforce positive behaviors. It also helps uncover and resolve any underlying negative emotions and feelings.
  • Therapy: Therapy, such as yoga, art, equine, biofeedback or music help people express themselves in non-verbal ways. These therapies help people relax and maintain sobriety by cultivating positivity, creativity and good health. It also helps the brain release "feel good" chemicals naturally.

Getting on the Road to Recovery

Get the help you need for finding a rehab center today by calling Alcohol Drug Treatment Grand Rapids at 616-828-4790. We can give you detailed information on treatment plans and facilities.

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