We focus a lot of time and attention on relapse prevention. Many of the therapies we use help with this effort, such as Mindfulness training. This is a perfect tool for identifying the signals your body is sending you and working through them, especially in a relapse episode. Simply put, what happens when someone experiences a craving is arousal. Typically, the heart rate goes up, temperature increases, brain activity increases and the individual is in an anxiety/stress spiral, headed toward a state of panic. For someone who has attained several weeks or months in recovery there will undoubtedly be an internal struggle as well, further exacerbating the situation.
By using therapeutic techniques learned here at Choices For Change you can identify the signals your body is sending you as arousal occurs to catch it early, and then act to quiet the arousal. There are many techniques for doing this and achieving a relaxed state, from Somatic methodologies, breathing techniques, the use of imagery, meditation, etc. The goal is to relax the mind and body as quickly as possible. With the wide range of techniques and methodologies we have we can find the ones that best suit you and your situation, to identify the arousal and combat it, just as we customize your treatment plan around you and your needs. It is important that we find the right ones for you and that these techniques are learned and regularly practiced while still in a treatment setting, so you are as prepared as possible when encountering a relapse trigger back at home.