Creating a Relapse Prevention Plan

Tips for Creating a Relapse Prevention Plan

5 Tips for Creating a Relapse Prevention Plan

You’ve fought hard for your sobriety, congratulations. But now’s not the time to loosen up. Here are the tips you need to create a relapse prevention plan.

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Understanding and treatment of drug addiction have changed since its reclassification to a disease. This has resulted in a better approach to developing a relapse prevention plan. It’s a shift that has provided new hope for the unfortunate 40 – 60% of individuals that relapse.

There are no romantic endings for those that succumb to addiction. The following will provide insights and suggestions to keep clean and avoid the inevitable, dramatic end of destructive drug dependence.

Your Relapse Prevention Plan: 5 Tips for Sobriety

Sobriety is easier said than done for an individual with years of drug abuse, mental health issues, and disorders. Many see clean living to be the simple act of not using drugs but this is furthest from reality for a recovering addict.

A relapse prevention plan should include the following:

Human Connection

Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Dream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, interviewed dozens of scientists and read their reports about drug addiction to create his book. The conclusion being that “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection“.

Friends, family, and social circles are an incredible resource to keep straight. These individuals provide a support network and outlet for frustrations. Clean living is possible when the human connection gives a greater, positive alternative than the use of drugs.

Healthy Addictions

There are positive “addictions” one may take up to create a distraction and set the tone of a clean lifestyle:

  • Hobbies
  • Exercise
  • Painting
  • Music
  • Travel
  • Business

As energy and focus increase so does the dedication to positive activities. You become involved which develops challenging goals worth pursuing.

Journaling & Reporting

It’s easy to lose track of goals and find yourself facing the same troubles that lead to drug use and dependence.

Here’s how the two work toward sobriety:

  • Journaling – Allows you to record day-to-day activities and thoughts that will help identify triggers. It’s a fantastic way to find pattern recognition in your lifestyle and develop strategies to do better.
  • Reporting – Allows you to deliver a collection of data to loved ones and medical professionals. It’s a way to receive better suggestions and support since there’s more information to make judgments.

A few minutes of your day dedicated to logging is enough for the relapse prevention plan.


There are many programs and resources to help with recovery. Programs and resources include anything from admittance to a recovery center to the use of private therapists. Sometimes all that’s needed to back down from the ledge is a shoulder to cry on or a willing set of ears to listen.

Local support groups, church programs, and non-secular get-togethers are also an effective source of counseling.


The chronic nature of drug dependence bests the strongest willed. Medication is a safe and effective method for recovery and a worthwhile addition to the relapse prevention plan.

Medications a doctor may prescribe include:

  • Benzodiazepine
  • Naltrexone
  • Acamprosate
  • OTC meds

These medications provide the biological support to compliment willpower.

Silencing the Voice

A tiny voice is always there in the back of their mind. There is a void that needs filling and this voice has the solution: drugs. To overcome its influence one must practice clean living — become addicted to wellness — to stay sober.

A relapse prevention plan is in order because every day spent sober is another available to enjoy all the wonders of life.

Don’t allow one, single second of your life wasted on addiction any longer. Find the recovery you need to begin living a (sober) life worth living.