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Managing an alcohol or drug addiction is an ongoing process. Lapses and relapses are a common occurrence, but there is support available. Clinic 77 offers an aftercare relapse prevention programme focusing on drug and alcohol relapse.

What is a Relapse Prevention & Recovery Treatment Programme?

This treatment programme is ongoing and designed to support clients as long as they feel they need it. Generally, an aftercare program is a follow-up to the recovery time invested in a residential facility or an outpatient treatment programme.

Drug or alcohol relapse can be a common occurrence whereby an individual returns to using these substances once they have left some sort of supported treatment facility or programme.


Here at Clinic 77, we understand that having a plan in place for our clients to support re-entry into their community and lives is really important. It's vital to have something that will provide support and structure, instil discipline, and simultaneously provide some much-loved accountability. We are also aware that relapse is never a one-time event but is progressive in nature. For a successful treatment, our clients must understand their triggers and be aware of what warning signs they should look out for.

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What Our Relapse Prevention Programme Involves

Our relapse treatment programme takes approximately 6 hours per week across two days. The programme supports our clients in being involved in several different types of integrative recovery treatment, including:

  • Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy

  • Psychoeducation Groups

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Process Groups

  • 12-Step Work (Optional)

  • Self-Reflection Studies: Relevant reading and writing

  • Skills & Resource Development 

  • Pharmacology

  • Supporting Resources & Network Development


What’s the Difference Between a Lapse and a Relapse?

Lapse" and "relapse" have differing meanings regarding addiction. At Clinic 77, we understand that both lapses and relapses are common challenges in the journey to recovery from addiction. Understanding these terms helps develop effective relapse prevention strategies and long-term sobriety.

Here's how they differ:


This refers to a brief, isolated instance of using a substance again after treatment. A lapse is considered a single, limited occurrence of substance use after a period of abstinence or reduced use. Lapsing does not indicate a complete return to regular substance use but is viewed rather as a temporary setback.


This refers to a more serious, sustained return to substance use after maintaining sobriety or managing addiction. Relapses are more significant setbacks in recovery, where an individual has returned to patterns of behaviour that were present before undergoing a treatment or recovery programme.

What are the Signs of a Potential Impending Relapse?

It's important for individuals in recovery, as well as for their support systems and healthcare providers, to recognise the signs of a potential impending relapse. While the specific signs can vary from person to person, some common indicators include:

  • Social isolation and withdrawal from social activities and support networks.

  • Sudden changes in mood and behaviour.

  • Neglecting self-care (hygiene, personal appearance, and healthy habits).

  • Reconnecting with enablers.

  • Lack of engagement and commitment to recovery treatment.

  • Loss of accountability for actions.

  • Increased stress levels.

Get Continued Support from Clinic 77

If you need some continued support, don't hesitate to phone 09 950 7780 or email to enquire about when our next Aftercare Relapse Prevention & Recovery Treatment Programme commences.

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