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Relapse Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental HealthTreatment: General

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> More Information about Relapse Prevention

> Relapse Prevention: Treatment for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse: Opportunities for Coordination

> Addictive Behaviors Research Center website



Relapse prevention intervention strategies can be grouped into three categories: coping skills training, cognitive therapy, and lifestyle modification. Coping skills training strategies include both behavioral and cognitive techniques. Cognitive therapy procedures provide clients with ways to reframe the process of changing habits as a learning experience with errors and setbacks to be expected as mastery develops. Finally, lifestyle modification strategies, such as meditation, exercise, and spiritual practices, are designed to strengthen a client's overall coping capacity.

In clinical practice, coping-skills training forms the cornerstone of Relapse Prevention Therapy, teaching clients strategies to:
  • understand relapse as a process;
  • identify and cope effectively with high-risk situations;
  • cope with urges and craving;
  • implement damage-control procedures during a lapse to minimize its negative consequences;
  • stay engaged in treatment even after a relapse; and
  • learn how to create a more balanced lifestyle

(Adapted from information in The National Psychologist, September/October 2000, pg. 22, [vol. 9, no. 5], http://nationalpsychologist.com/articles/art_v9n5_3.htm, and used with the permission of Ohio Psychology Publications, Inc.  For information:  614-861-1999)


Evaluation


Encouraging evidence is provided by recent treatment outcomes research for the effectiveness of RPT as a psychosocial treatment for alcohol and drug problems.

(Excerpted from information in The National Psychologist, September/October 2000, pg. 22, [vol. 9, no. 5]http://nationalpsychologist.com/articles/art_v9n5 3.html, and used with the permission of Ohio Psychology Publications, Inc. For information: 614-861-1999)



 
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> Relapse prevention: Introduction and overview of the model

> Models of relapse and relapse prevention: A commentary


  
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