In all forms of addiction therapy, a Relapse is considered to be a need to go back to old ways or addictions you once had. In all efforts, individuals undertake to make an addiction recovery, almost always a relapse occurs. At the beginning of all treatments, an individual begins to crave the substances it once was being fed, and this creates a problem as most addicts in recovery mode return to their old addictions. Individuals experiencing a relapse may worsen the need for negative self-talk.
RPT or Relapse Prevention Therapy can be described as a form of cognitive behavioral therapy which strives to minimize or hamper relapses, by assisting the individual to predict scenarios that will aggravate a possible relapse.
Such scenarios stem from a relapse prevention plan which can assist the recovering addict in riskier occurrences way ahead of time.
As part of a therapy participants relapse prevention plan, certain feelings such as feelings of loneliness, boredom, hunger, tiredness, and anger can be flagged up as common triggers for a relapse. Individuals undertaking treatment learn that relapse prevention therapy helps them to put in place a coping strategy plan of action.
Additional situations or circumstances that can provoke a relapse can range from being in a familiar environment, being around certain individuals, places or in the same vicinity as things that once gave the individuals happy feelings about their addictions.
Some individuals undergoing therapy might enjoy the feelings associated with an injected needle and may crave a hit of the substances they once took even after a simple flu vaccination.
RPT assists individuals to ascertain possible surroundings that may trigger future cravings and then put in place a procedure to cope in times of need.
Relapse prevention therapy educates individuals on the need to place their relapses into a positive perspective. When an individual is on the road to recovery through RPT and a relapse occurs, they begin negative self-talk and convince themselves that the therapy has failed them. When this occurs, individuals usually try to talk themselves out of therapy as they feel that the therapy will not help them to recover. Once they are in this spiral of negative self-talk, then feelings of failure creep up and the willpower to continue with therapy soon makes it harder to continue. With this sort of negative understanding, the individual gives up hope in trying to continue with therapy and returns to their addictions.
RPT looks at ways to reinterpret, misinterpretations by serving relapses as Prolapses. In simpler terms, relapses are presented as opportunities to get educated on enhancing coping skills.