Each relapse patient at Caron is assigned a multidisciplinary treatment team, made up of experienced, dedicated behavioral health professionals who have experience with those who have relapsed. The team is comprised of professionals from various disciplines such as:
- addiction counseling
- health and wellness
The team works extensively with the patient and their family and performs several different evaluations, then designs an individual and integrated treatment plan based on themes and patterns of each person’s addiction, building from what has and hasn’t worked in the past. They collaborate daily to ensure that every patient is progressing as they should in relapse treatment.
Treating patients who have relapsed is complicated, but our behavioral health experts have a great deal of experience. Sometimes, relapsed patients are more ambivalent than emotional; sometimes they approach relapse treatment superficially, hiding deeper issues that may be the root cause of relapse. Because patients have been through treatment before, they know how they’re “supposed” to respond to treatment; they know all the right lines and what to say. Our staff is familiar with these patterns; we know that it’s critical to get beyond patients’ “lip service” to treatment and get down to their real emotions and thoughts.
Critical Elements of Relapse Treatment
With a focus on breaking down each person’s relapse cycle, the integrated behavioral health treatment team will:
- continually evaluate patient’s 12-Step efforts
- focus on spiritual connection and practice; work on the concept of emotional sobriety in conjunction with spirituality
- build a sense of personal accountability
- address co-occurring disorders, especially looking at anxiety and depression
- teach coping skills to manage issues like chronic pain
- be on the lookout for and address qualifiers that those who have relapsed usually say: “but I can’t,” “but that won’t work because,” etc.
- identify and address areas of resistance to treatment
- identify triggers to substance use and to relapse and teach specific coping skills to counter them
- talk about risk-taking behaviors in terms of relapse, showing how just missing a couple of meetings or allowing a communication breakdown with family or with a sponsor is taking a risk
- educate about and train patients to move past their denial systems
Like the patients themselves, families have been through this before, and may be feeling fear, frustration, anger, or even apathy. Education on the relapse process is paramount for families. We look at elements that continue to be unhealthy in the patient’s relationships and work directly on the person’s relapse process. Family members usually already know about key issues, such as codependence and enablement, so we’re able to go right to the center of these issues and work to improve them. Learn more about Relapse Family Education.
At Caron, our goal is for each patient and their family to achieve a lifetime of recovery. Throughout treatment, a patient’s integrated treatment team will work together and continually assess and evaluate patients to carefully craft a thorough, effective continuing care plan. Evidence-based research shows that long-term recovery is best accomplished with structured support following treatment, which encourages accountability, building self-esteem and involving the family.