Key 6. Have a plan
All of our skills and techniques may fail us at some time; we need to plan even for this.
The plan must include a list of triggers, and be role played to the point that it becomes second nature to act out our plan.
Be aware of and list high risk situations. Develop exit strategies.
The Gorski model of relapse prevention shows strong evidence of success. We rely heavily on this model.
Many people mistakenly believe that recovery is simply a matter of abstinence. Get the addict to stop drinking, using, or engaging in addictive behavior, detox them, and they’ll be in recovery. It is not that simple. The fact is that there are many aspects to a successful recovery and at Legacy we use an individualized approach to create recovery plans based on the needs of the individual client. Recovery is a process of change through which a client achieves abstinence, as well as improved health, wellness and quality of life. It involves an ongoing process of growth, self-discovery, self-change, and reclaiming the self. Legacy recognizes this and as such does not simply take a crisis-oriented, acute-care approach, Legacy additionally understands the importance of an achievable individualized plan for recovery that is designed to provide long-term support and recognizes the importance of client driven pathway to wellness and health. In order to make recovery a success, having a plan is essential. The client must have as much support as possible in his life after legacy. The plan and the structure and goals contained within in it, provide the foundation for the client’s new life. Without this structure, the recovering addict is that much more likely to slip back into old habits.