Relapse Prevention

Wayside Recovery Center believes that addiction is a chronic disease, which may include episodes of relapse; however, we also believe that relapse IS PREVENTABLE. Relapse prevention education at Wayside Recovery Center includes relapse and addiction education, stabilization, self-assessment, understanding what the contributing factors to relapse are, and increasing a supportive recovery environment.  Wayside Recovery Center empowers women to develop individual relapse prevention plans that identify personal risk factors and alternative ways of coping.   

Here are some sample Relapse Prevention topics and tools:


Use of alcohol can jeopardize recovery. Discuss and plan for situations in which you might be at risk to drink.


Boredom in recovery is to be expected and will diminish over time. Brainstorm activities to help alleviate boredom.

Motivation for Recovery

The same motivation that brought you to treatment may not sustain you. Think about new motivations and strategies for staying in recovery.


Truthfulness is not always easy, and it is integral to successful recovery. Consider the consequences and benefits of always telling the truth.

Anticipating and Preventing Relapse

Learn to recognize the warning signs of relapse and explore strategies for avoiding relapse.

Be Smart, and Strong

Recovery is not a test of will but of commitment and smart planning. Think about whether you have an active (rather than passive) approach to recovery.

Taking Care of Yourself

Self-esteem and self-care are important to recovery – explore ways to build this in or aspects of your life that require change.

Emotional Triggers

Emotions can act as triggers. Develop tools that will help you cope with big emotions like anger and sadness without needing to use.

Support System

Sober friendships and relationships can support your recovery. Think about people who can serve as supportive friends and how to connect with them.


Holidays pose risks for recovery. Think about ways to alleviate the added stress that comes with holidays.

Recreational Activities

New hobbies and pursuits can help support recovery. Think about and plan hobbies you would like to pick up again or new pursuits you might want to try.
Adapted from: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Client’s Handbook: Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People With Stimulant Use Disorders. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 06-4154. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2006.

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