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At Cypress Lakes Lodge, we understand the in’s and out’s of addiction, all the pain, confusion and worry that comes with it. Because we understand these problems, we want to help you eliminate them. In order to live in recovery successfully, relapse prevention skills are the key. Our clients begin these relapse prevention skills classes early on as they learn about themselves and their addiction. The skills that you learn in recovery will help you to resist any temptation to use long after your time with us at Cypress Lakes Lodge has ended. Addiction recovery is only possible if we know how to stay sober and actively engaged.

Relapse prevention skills begin with counseling and dual diagnosis treatment, since the more we know about our personalities and the reasons behind our addiction can provide a further understanding of what we need to free ourselves from addictive substances. At Cypress Lakes Lodge, we teach every client:

Self-Management Skills

When addiction begins to affect our lives, things can get out of hand. The things that were once important and yielded responsibility start to unravel and fall away, replaced by addiction. As we learn more about our substance abuse and how we engage in this conduct, we realize that these things need to be put back in order. The only way to manage our lives is to manage ourselves. Self-management skills allow for accountability after treatment; we can no longer blame outside factors because we can now exhibit control over them.

Self-management skills help us to understand our comfort zones and how the stresses of life can contribute to the need for addiction. Here our recovery treatment teachings come into play and we know how everything ties together to assist in our lifelong journey. Everything taught in addiction recovery can be called upon in times of distress, and it’s up to you to make use of these skills, but we can help you apply these skills to our aftercare services program.

 

Social Skills

Addiction can be a lonely and isolating place. As we enter into an effective recovery program and participate in counseling sessions, we learn more about our relationships with friends and family as well as our skill or lack thereof in human interaction. Social skills are something we learn as we’re presented with new people and situations, but if we remain wrapped in our addiction, we can forget how to interact with others.

Breaking free of addictive substances removes the illusion that we are alone in this world. However, without the proper social skills, it can be difficult to see the support and potential of those most important to you or any new, healthy relationships. Addiction therapy teaches us to be aware of others and their feelings in relation to the way we interact, but it also teaches us to be open-minded and to remove ourselves from the central focus of every situation. This is where we learn to be a part of the community.

Information Related to Addiction

Knowledge is power and in the case of addiction and mental health conditions, the more we know about our situation, the better we can manage it. Often those with a serious addiction have a concurring mental health condition that requires concurrent treatment so that both the addiction and pre-existing condition can be managed. We provide our clients with a dual diagnosis of these conditions if they exist. Depending on the mental health condition and particular addiction, warning signs of relapse are different and require varied methods of prevention. For example, if a mental health condition requires medication and therapy to improve your quality of life then it’s important the options are weighed.

Every aspect of addiction must be addressed so that when we’re ready to dive back into the real world, we’re ready for anything that comes our way. Understanding the mechanics of addiction reveals everything from the signs and symptoms, withdrawal process, tendencies and all the health concerns that go with it. Through the discovery of dependency in detail, we are shown future consequences if we continue to use. In treatment and practice, these health concerns and the damage that comes to our relationships because of addictive conduct is understood. All of the beautiful things that begin to happen during your addiction recovery are a reminder of what’s at stake here and what we potentially can lose if we choose to relapse. Relapse is a choice that we hope to provide you with enough knowledge to remain stable and sober throughout your life.

These relapse prevention skills enable those in active recovery to maintain lifelong mental health and sobriety. If you wish to learn more about addiction recovery and relapse prevention, please call Cypress Lakes Lodge today at (409) 331-2204.