Relapse Prevention Specialist

Insight Health and Wellness

Addiction Treatment Centers & Mental Health located in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Relapse prevention is an essential element of successful recovery from substance use disorders. The team of skilled professionals at Insight Health and Wellness in West Los Angeles designs relapse prevention programs that help you identify triggers, develop strategies to cope with difficult emotions, and build personal support systems. The team works with your primary care provider to offer forward-thinking, collaborative care for integrative addiction recovery. To schedule an evaluation, call the Sawtelle neighborhood clinic today, or make an appointment online.

Relapse Prevention Q & A

What causes addiction relapse?

If you’ve successfully abstained from substance use for an extended time, and then you start using the substance again, you’ve experienced a relapse from your recovery. Having a relapse doesn’t mean you’ve failed and your recovery has ended; in fact, relapses are very common in the first six months of recovery. But it’s critical to address your relapse, so it doesn’t make you discouraged and cause more significant interference with your recovery in the long run.

Addiction causes changes in your brain function that make it difficult to resist cravings for drugs or alcohol. Relapse typically occurs because you’ve had an experience that has triggered the urge to use. 

Some common triggers include:

  • High conflict situations
  • Environmental stressors
  • Emotional or mental health issues
  • Physical pain
  • Social pressure


Even positive experiences, such as weddings or other celebrations that are associated with alcohol or drug use, can trigger strong urges that may result in a relapse.

What is relapse prevention?

Relapse prevention is a specialized type of addiction treatment that gives you the tools to cope with triggering situations so you can avoid relapse. Relapse prevention services are part of your personalized recovery program at Insight Health and Wellness; relapse prevention is also a stand-alone treatment for those who have experienced relapse but may not need to begin an entirely new addiction program.  

The goal of relapse prevention is to help you understand your triggers and prepare you with coping mechanisms that allow you to avoid responding to these triggers with substance use.

What is involved in relapse prevention?

The caring team at Insight Health and Wellness takes a holistic approach to relapse prevention. Drawing on a broad range of disciplines, the team provides education and training in a variety of techniques to help prevent relapse.

Personalized relapse prevention programs integrate counseling with health and wellness services. Your relapse prevention plan may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Nutrition and lifestyle counseling
  • Exercise programs
  • Yoga therapy
  • Meditation training
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Neurofeedback


In addition, the team works with your primary care provider to ensure that you have comprehensive care for your physical and emotional health. 

If you’re concerned about relapse, don’t hesitate to seek help from one of the qualified providers at Insight Health and Wellness. Call the office today, or make an appointment online.