Even when you reach the top of your hierarchy or hierarchies it is important to continuously engage in relapse prevention. Whether you have completed your OCD treatment with a treatment provider, discharged from an OCD treatment center or engaged in ERP for your fears on your own, it is of upmost importance to continue to engage in ERP in order to maintain your progress. Planned and unplanned exposures provide an opportunity to pull out your OCD tools you have learned and engage in ERP in order to continue to decrease your OCD symptoms and face fears as they arise. There are many tools such as websites, self-help workbooks, etc. that provide ERP accountability through various tools.
Videos: Relapse Prevention
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Jonathan S. Abramowitz explains the difference between lapse and relapse. He recommends that if one starts noticing some obsessions or compulsions, he should go back to the techniques that helped him get better,
Throstur Bjorgvinsson, PhD, ABPP, discusses the importance of continuing doing what one learned in treatment, even after therapy sessions are over.