Relapse Prevention

A core component of the Active Pathways rehabilitation treatment model focuses on Relapse Prevention. We believe that relapse prevention strategies provide some of the most positive clinical outcomes for service users and enable people to live a more fulfilling life within the community free from the limitations of mental illness.

Studies have repeatedly shown that people can learn to recognize and manage their symptoms and reduce the chances that they will relapse and if they do relapse, the symptoms may be less severe. This is good news for the individual as it reduces the potential need for long stays within inpatient care and good news for the NHS as effective management of symptoms will reduce the cost of expensive care.

Relapse is the term used to describe an increase in unhelpful thinking and behaviours after a period of feeling well or after experiencing better mental health. A relapse can involve difficulties coping with day to day activities, increased symptoms of your illness or when previous symptoms reoccur. Active Pathways will help its service users to:

  • Identify triggers
  • Recognise early warning signs
  • Develop improved Daily Living Skills
  • Identify and manage your own risk factors
  • Manage stress
  • Understand and respond to symptoms of mental illness
  • Improve lifestyle dynamics
  • Use problem solving and solution focussed thinking effectively
  • Maintain stable family support and social networks
  • Medication awareness
  • Improve self-care skills
  • Build healthy coping skills
  • Manage substance misuse issues
  • Develop a crisis plan called a Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Prior to a relapse, people will often experience changes in their feelings, thoughts and behaviours that indicate an increase in illness symptoms and decline in mental health. These changes are referred to as early warning signs.

Relapse prevention is the term used to describe a way of identifying triggers, early warning signs and developing appropriate response plans. Identifying early warning signs as quickly as possible means an individual can take positive action and seek help early to minimise or possibly prevent the impact of a relapse on their quality of life.

Relapse prevention is an essential part of the recovery process. Relapse prevention is about maximising wellness for people with mental illness by reducing the likelihood and impact of relapse.

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