When a loved one relapses after treatment, families are thrown back into crisis. They are confused and frustrated by their loved one’s inability or unwillingness to follow a program of recovery. The question we frequently hear from families is: “What can be done to get back on track, short of having to send our loved one to treatment again?”
Our Rapid Relapse Response program has specially trained recovery mentors who are skilled at bringing the relapse process to a halt. A recovery mentor comes to the relapser’s home area and takes charge, turning relapse into recovery.
What does Rapid Relapse Response look like?
We engage the relapser in an intensive, daily recovery program in his or her home area. The recovery mentor escorts the relapser to multiple A.A. meetings a day; actively works with the relapser to build a solid recovery program; helps the relapser identify an A.A. sponsor; introduces the relapser to others in the recovering community; gets the relapser started on A.A. service work; and identifies key components of why the relapse occurred.
Additionally, they complete reading and writing assignments designed to enhance their understanding of what it means to work a program of recovery and prevent future relapse. The mentor also works with the entire family to develop a plan of accountability, called a Relapse Agreement.
Co-occurring disorders may also play a role in the relapse process. When patients have a dual diagnosis such as depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, we will build a specific plan to address these issues. Too much or too little medication can contribute to the relapse, so a fresh assessment and diagnosis may be required. We work with addiction psychiatrists nationwide, and we can schedule services quickly. When necessary, a brief stabilization will be arranged.
Many newly recovering people resist some or all of their aftercare recommendations, such as outpatient counseling and random urinalysis. The mentor works with the relapser to put these recommendations into place as part of ongoing recovery. As with all chronic illnesses, lack of compliance is the major cause of relapse. Our recovery mentors are trained to increase compliance and willingness in even the most challenging cases.
Occasionally, more intensive measures are required. These may include a secondary intervention, a return to detox or additional inpatient treatment. However, most relapses are contained when we respond rapidly by bringing in a skilled recovery mentor.
An Individualized Program
Every person is different and the factors that contribute to relapse are often complex. We work with families and relapsing individuals to develop a plan that takes everyone’s needs into account. We have many decades of combined experience in dealing with relapse, and we have the expertise to manage even the most challenging situations. To discuss your family’s needs, please call our office.