Chronic relapsers are those that may have been through multiple treatment centers, have been able to attain long periods of recovery, they understand the lingo, the tools and “the program”, but have a hard time actually staying clean and sober. Relapse is not an indication that this person has failed, nor does it mean that this person lost any of the recovery tools and information that was learned and practiced over the years. The chronic relapser will always have these tools and information in order to stay sober. They don’t forfeit their recovery because they use and drink again — they simply change their sobriety date.
Chronic relapse typically occurs for a number of reasons, depending on the individual’s circumstances and life experiences. Some of the factors that may contribute this typically include: unresolved trauma, family conflict, major life transitions, dishonesty with treatment counselors and peers in treatment centers and a harmful living environment. While every person is different, there are several telltale signs of a chronic relapser: they haven’t fully surrendered and have decided they aren’t ready to live a life full of sobriety, they have plenty of knowledge about addiction, recovery and sobriety, but are unable to apply this to their daily lives. A chronic relapser may also only be pursuing treatment programs in order to please a loved one and not themselves and they may associate sobriety with a constant feeling of hopelessness and struggle as a result.
Research shows that the best outcomes for sobriety are as a result of long periods of time spent in treatment. Long-term treatment programs that last 90 days or longer give these individuals more time to work through deep-seated issues that have contributed to their addiction and learn how to develop healthier ways of coping with stress and triggers. Long-term treatment programs also provide multiple opportunities to establish a solid peer support network and get more involved in a 12-step group.
Continued treatment after a treatment program is essential to combating chronic relapse. This treatment process might look different for every person, although it’s important that these individuals in recovery choose to continue their program by moving forward to a sober living program. Transitional sober houses provide a structured lifestyle, regular drug/alcohol testing as well as peer support for those who learn to live a life of sobriety on their own. Any Lengths Retreat is an all men treatment center that utilizes the 12-step program in order to stay sober and treat addiction with an optimal method of recovery. We believe that working a solid 12-step program is the solution to recovery and to live a life of sobriety. Sober living options are also a large focal point of Any Lengths where men are able to link together, hold each other accountable and further grow in their new life of spirituality and sobriety.