The cost of substance abuse, including tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs, adds up to over $740 billion dollars each year between crime, losses in productivity, and health care. 

The National Center for Health Statistics tracks crucial information on commonly used drugs and has discovered that the rate of national drug overdoses has steadily increased from 1999-2017, peaking at an alarming 70,237 deaths in 2017. Numbers suggest an estimated 158,200 lives are claimed by drugs or alcohol, every year. 

What Causes a Substance Abuse Relapse?How to Prevent Substance Abuse Relapse

Addiction is considered a chronic brain disease that is comprised of behavioral, biological, social, emotional, and physical aspects and is characterized by the inability to control substance abuse. The chronic nature of addiction, unfortunately, means that relapse is often part of the disease. 

Approximately 50 percent of all recovering addicts experience a moment of weakness that leads to a relapse. Wrestling with this disease can be incredibly difficult, and can be made more difficult if: 

  • Sobriety is not a top priority. 
  • A support system is not in place. 
  • The attempt to quit is for someone or something else.
  • There is a lack of preparation for life post-treatment.

For those battling addiction or substance abuse the avoidance of recovery meetings, refusal to connect with their support system, or attempts to please a family member or friend by quitting, can all be signs that a relapse is soon to occur. 

How to Prevent a Relapse from Occurring

During the recovery process, it can be very hard for those struggling with addiction or substance abuse to keep from relapsing. Stressful home lives, anxiety about work, or sudden life changes can all be triggers that cause someone to slip back into drug or alcohol use. Thankfully, there are a number of different prevention tips that can keep a relapse from happening. These include:

  • Having an aftercare plan.
  • Practicing mindfulness.
  • Avoiding triggering people, places, or situations.
  • Getting regular exercise.
  • Finding a trusted friend, family member, or sponsor to confide in.
  • Establishing a healthy routine.
  • Getting good sleep.

Understand that withdrawals and triggers are part of the recovery process will help those struggling with addiction or substance abuse prepare for the temptations of relapse and prevent one from occurring. 

Finding the Right Tennessee Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation Facility for You

At Discovery Place we provide individuals with several different recovery program options with an end goal of sustained sobriety. Our Burns, Tennessee alternative rehabilitation and recovery facility is open 24/7 for those who are struggling with addiction or substance abuse. 

At Discovery Place our main focus is recovery. Our seventeen-acre recovery retreat is a small, intimate, peaceful place that provides individuals in recovery with an atmosphere void of distractions or negativity. 

Our Tennessee alternative treatment recovery programs are facilitated by our expert management team and run by our skilled recovery guides. Our recovery guides use their own personal histories of drug and alcohol addiction to speak on the miracle of recovery that we cultivate at Discovery Place. 

If you or someone you love is battling drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, do not hesitate to get the help you deserve. Our recovery facility staff members are available at 1-800-725-0922 to help get you or a loved one get started on the road to recovery.  


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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