Can a recovery video stop drug relapse?

Relapse prevention is a process in sobriety. But can a video help you stop a planned relapse? If you are in need of encouragement in recovery, check out this video.

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Second Chance: Break Free from Addiction

If you’re looking for a video to help complement your recovery, check this out: a video just for addicts and relapse prevention. Although it’s a relatively low budget production, you’ll meet more than a dozen addiction professionals that address relapse and recovery in seven parts. You’ll actually get to know their philosophies about addiction and best treatment by the end of the video. It’s almost like a sampling of addiction doctors, therapists, counselors, mentors and sponsors all in one.

Addiction therapists talk to YOU

The best thing about Second Chance is that the experts on the video talk to you…I mean YOU…in the first person. There is no script, only extemporaneous talking. And although you may like some of the therapists more than others (some do seem more genuine, others seems really “L.A”) you do get the sense that these are caring and compassionate people, and that your recovery matters. There are moments of intense truth that can truly enhance your recovery, if you take them to heart. And although it might not be the best cast, this recovery video certainly fills a gap in the industry for a video that addresses the addict where the addict is.

Elements of a good recovery video

Although this video is recorded with various types of quality audio and video, was shot at home and is basically made up of testimonials…I still like it. Some of the elements of a good recovery video that you are looking for.

  • personalized
  • sincere
  • new ideas about how to prevent relapse
  • practical suggestions
  • short, digestible pieces
  • follow up

Can a recovery video stop you from relapsing?

Well, who knows? This video does have an “Emergency Hotline” chapter to watch if you feel that you’re on the verge of relapse. And the idea to sit in front of a video and relax is a really good one. At the least, you’re delaying a knee-jerk reaction to relapse by sitting and thinking about it. At the most, the helpful suggestions may work for you. Each addict is different. But overall, it’s an excellent idea and I would recommend this video to someone in early recovery.

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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