Burning Tree: The Relapse Prevention Approach That Works

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Burning Tree, a long term drug abuse program in Texas announces its discovery to an approach for relapse prevention that continues to achieve sustainable results for drug addicts.

A drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in the second largest state in the U.S. announces how it is getting results in a key area of treatment. Clients at Burning Tree in Texas are discovering an approach to relapse prevention that is significantly reducing the risk of returning to a lifestyle of substance abuse. Relapse prevention is part of the design of programs at Burning Tree customized for each person in treatment and recovering.

One factor in Burning Tree’s success rate with relapse prevention is creating a Relapse Prevention Plan that takes into account each factor that contributes to an individual’s risk of using alcohol or drugs again. These measures consider high risk situations that may differ from person to person. Part of the Relapse Prevention Plan involves knowing these situations still exist and preparing for how to react should one encounter them.

The Relapse Prevention Plan for each person at Burning Tree is also influenced by core personality and lifestyle challenges. Without addressing these underlying issues, the likelihood of long-term recovery is sharply reduced. A core personality issue could be an avoidance of genuine pain and opting for pleasure associated with drug use instead. A related core lifestyle issue could be associating with others who also avoid authentic emotions in favor of chemically-enhanced ones.

Responding to a relapse while still in treatment is another valuable aspect of the Relapse Prevention approach at Burning Tree. The long-term residential aspect of the program allows addiction specialists to track the progress made by those in treatment as well as the challenges they face in real time. A relapse during treatment provides insight to both the staff and the individual who is learning to follow the prevention plan.

The threat of relapse increases once the initial treatment period is over as full recovery on one’s own presents a set of daily challenges to avoid high risk situations and old habits. To address these ongoing risks, another element of the Relapse Prevention approach at Burning Tree includes the coordination of specific types of resources to work together to continuously assist in the recovery efforts. This list may include 12 Step programs, group therapy, sponsors, and family support. It also entails, in many cases, plans to change jobs, homes and one’s social circle, if necessary.

The Relapse Prevention approach by Burning Tree has allowed those in treatment to begin recovery with the tools to effectively respond to the people and places that present the risk of relapse. By becoming understanding their own limits and becoming better equipped to handle them, these clients have successfully transitioned to healthy, productive lives. They also serve as a testament to the benefits of treatment in a long term rehabilitation facility that caters to the unique needs and conditions of each individual.

Burning Tree operates two long term drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in Texas, one outside of Dallas and one outside of Austin. Contact admissions representatives at 866-287-2877 with inquiries about services and referrals. A comprehensive look at the services provided and views of the facility are available online at http://www.burningtree.com.


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Michael Smith