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two women hugging in relapse prevention therapySober living is not always easy. These are tumultuous and stressful times. If you or someone you care about is struggling with their recovery process, then it’s a good time to learn more about the importance of relapse prevention therapy. Athens Addiction Recovery Center is a family-owned outpatient treatment center. We offer continuing care for those who are struggling with addiction and recovery. To learn more about addiction therapy programs in Georgia, reach out to us today at 844.959.4998 to speak with a trained representative. We look forward to assisting you on your recovery journey.

Recovery Is a Lifelong Pursuit

Reaching a place of sustainable sobriety is a big step in the process of recovery. Staying sober for the long haul requires a strong safety net, education about pitfalls that can lead to relapse, and commitment.

Regular meetings with a mental health counselor, group meetings, and sober coaches can be terrific resources on your path toward lasting recovery.

At Athens Recovery, we treat each and every one of our clients with the dignity and respect they deserve. We offer a wide range of programs and services to assist people of all ages manage their recovery. Athens takes pride in providing an LGBTQ-friendly safe space. We treat college students, professionals, and people from all walks of life.

Our programs and services include but are not limited to:

  • Continuing care
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Outpatient treatment
  • 12-step program
  • Professionals program
  • Life skills training

Our therapy services include but are not limited to:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT therapy)
  • Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

Our Approach to Relapse Prevention Therapy 

At Athens Recovery, we treat those who need medically-supervised detox in our drug and alcohol treatment programs. This includes treatment for those with issues abusing opiates, benzos, cocaine, prescription drugs, and other substances. 

Once a person has fully detoxed, they begin the process of learning coping mechanisms and life skills strategies for navigating sober life. Part of relapse prevention involves learning these skills in order to avoid temptation, cravings, and the potential for relapse when faced with high risk triggers.

Our mental health practitioners work with our clients to address core issues that have led them to abuse substances. Addressing underlying issues through therapeutic modalities is a way for clients to gain better self-awareness of why they make choices and improve their decision-making abilities. 

Staying clean requires dedication. Sobriety is not something a person should tackle on their own. Developing a strong safety net including loved ones, friends, attending group meetings, and finding a sober sponsor can help you on your path towards lasting sobriety. 


HALT is an acronym for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. HALT comes into play when a person is fatigued or begins to experience negative feelings, cravings, or other senses that threaten their sobriety. This is an important moment to take a step back and ask yourself questions about why you are feeling the way you are feeling and what can be done to avoid these negative sensations that are putting your recovery at risk. 

Common Relapse Triggers

Exposure to people, places, and situations that are a reminder of negative choices or experiences can be triggers for relapse. Developing a new lifestyle begins with choosing what you will do with your time and who you will engage with. Choosing positive people to spend time with, safe spaces to have valuable experiences, and sober situations to develop a sense of community, are essential aspects of maintaining sobriety.

Common relapse triggers can include:

  • Going to places where substances were abused
  • Interactions with “problem” people
  • Having too much idle time
  • Witnessing certain sights
  • Scent memory
  • Anger management issues
  • Problems with nutrition and diet
  • Loneliness
  • Relationship issues
  • Increased stress
  • Increased anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

Contact Athens Recovery Today About Relapse Prevention Therapy

Relapse prevention therapy is an essential part of keeping our clients safe. At Athens Recovery, our medical doctors and mental health counselors prioritize relapse prevention as a harm reduction strategy. 

We offer a range of programs, services, and therapies in a non-judgmental space. We want our clients to feel safe, supported, and empowered as they embark on their recovery journey. 

To learn more about the benefits of relapse prevention therapy as well as our programs and services, reach out to us today at 844.959.4998 to speak with a trained representative. We look forward to helping you achieve positive growth in sobriety.