Continuing care is an important aspect of drug and mental health rehabilitation. In the absence of follow-up and continuing care post discharge from rehab centres the patient is likely to suffer a relapse.
Relapse in mental illness refers to the return or even deterioration of symptoms in a patient after recovery. On the other hand, relapse in addiction refers to reusing the substance. That is why we, at Athena Behavioral Health, are very particular about after-care or continuing care. Staying in constant touch with our patients after they leave our rehab centre ensures that we are constantly in touch with them. This enables us to monitor their symptoms and act quickly if a relapse situation is observed.
It is estimated that around 50 to 90 percent people with substance use disorder; 65 to 73 percent with bipolar disorder; and 52 to 92 percent of schizophrenia patients experience relapse after recovery.
After Care and Preventing Relapse
Athena Behavioral health, among the best addiction treatment centres in India, employs evidence-based tools and techniques to help people overcome mental health and addiction disorders. We help our patients learn coping strategies to mitigate the challenges that prop up during the recovery phase and when they transition back into their normal lives.
Athena’s Strategies for Relapse Prevention
When it comes to the treatment of mental health problems and addiction, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) remains at the core of treatment solutions. In addition to medications and counselling, we use alternate therapies so that a patient can avail a comprehensive treatment program. However, the combination or a specific type varies from case to case, depending on the symptoms and duration of the condition.
Clearly written instructions are provided to the patient and caregivers at the time of discharge, with complete information about follow-up and after-care routine. We also ensure the availability of our support team round the clock, so that if the patient needs a hand to hold or a shoulder to lean on, they know where to call.
In the nutshell, the following points brief our relapse prevention plan in minimum words:
Making room for physical therapy at all costs
Customizing treatment strategy to ensure long-term recovery, without being affected by relapse temptations
Helping in identifying common symptoms and warning signs
Understanding and knowing personal triggers
Cherishing sober times
Practicing mindfulness and attaining peace of mind
Eating healthy and staying active and rejuvenated
Spending time with the family and trying to find joy even in small things
Prompt reporting if something bothers the patient
Replacing old negative thoughts and unhealthy behaviour patterns with new positive thoughts and healthy behaviour patterns