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RELAPSE PREVENTION

The success of every treatment program depends on many factors, such as the temperament of a young person, his or her will to change, for how long and how often they’ve been using drugs. Today, addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disease, and it is our mission to prevent relapses from happening.

The basis of behavioral-cognitive treatment is the belief that the identification and, thus, the modification of damaging thinking processes can help patients reduce or completely eliminate negative feelings and behaviors. In this kind of treatment we use cognitive-behavioral techniques in order to help patients develop a better sense of self-control and avoid relapse. Certain relapse prevention strategies identify the emotional and environmental triggers of craving for drugs and their use and develop the defense mechanisms for confronting the inner and outer stressors.

Addicts use drugs because of the sensations they provide, but also in order to overcome certain conditions, which they find to be burdening.

When feeling frustration, depression (sadness), pain, joy and happiness, or in the situations responsible for these emotional states, addicts use substances in order to overcome the negative ones (to escape from reality) or to increase the intensity of pleasant experiences. After a while and after repeating this pattern many times, this behavior is learned and remembered and it becomes a pathogenic mechanism which later develops automatically. Its future existence is a serious threat to a successful abstinence.

The period of recovery is bound to put addicts in the same situations they’ve been through earlier. Their learned, pathogenic behavior will again activate the same mechanisms and this will provoke craving, followed by possible relapse.

Relapse is consisted of phases and it always lasts for a while, a few hours or a few days. It is never just a moment and it can always be affected.

Relapse prevention prepares patients for the situations or conditions which can potentially destabilize them and teaches them how to overcome these situations and conditions by using healthy mechanisms or alternatives.


Ordinacija- Beograd

"DR BORO LAZIĆ"
T (+381) 11 380 63 28; (+381) 616 16 26 01;
T (+381) 65 22 123 52;
Email: office@spec-clinic.org


 

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"DR BORO LAZIĆ"
T (+381) 65 221 23 52; T (+387) 65 966 098;
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Email: office@spec-clinic.org

Ordinacija - Novi Sad

"DR BORO LAZIĆ"
T (+381) 63 152 04 19;

 Email: office@spec-clinic.org

 

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