Outpatient treatment program maybe availed after completion of an inpatient one to avoid a relapse. The chances of relapse never fully go away and there is always a chance of patient going back to the drug. Ongoing treatment and relapse prevention techniques can be helpful to keep the patient from relapsing.
For most of the patients, there are specific triggers that make the patient go back to the drug. For example, stress. Using relapse prevention techniques can be helpful avoid these triggers.
The following techniques can help avoid a relapse:
- Joining a self help group:
There are a number of self help groups present nationwide that help recovered addicts. These groups can be immensely helpful to stay positive and determined and effectively resist the urge to relapse.
- Having supportive family and friends:
Having a supportive family or friends can not only increase the chances of recovery but can also prevent a relapse. Supportive family and friends can help you stay positive and stay determined in the time of distress.
There are specific triggers for most of the addicts that make them take the drug. Knowing these triggers and avoiding them can help avoid a relapse. Stress is the biggest trigger for most of the people. The patient may avoid going to places and meeting people where he fears will be an exposure to Ativan. The patient may also let his friends and family know about his triggers so they help him avoid them.
- Staying away from drug addicts:
If you know someone in your circle who abuses Ativan, make sure to stay away from them. It may be hard because that person can belong to your close friends and family but taking this step is important to maintain a life of sobriety.
Continuing therapy even after a complete recovery can be helpful to stay positive. A therapist may also give the patient advice on how to cope with cravings and avoid triggers.
- Adopting a healthy lifestyle:
Adopting a healthy lifestyle can help the patient maintain a life of sobriety. Eating healthy and practicing exercise and yoga can be helpful in this regard.