25, July 2019
Understanding and Helping the Chronic Relapser
Addicts and alcoholics are prone to relapse. However there are some addicted people who are able to get clean and sober but unfortunately are unalbe to stay clean and sober. For many of them life becomes a vicious and discouraging cycle of getting clean and relapsing, over and over again. This training will help the participants to understand and help the chronic relapser. Treatment programs frequently fail to identify the relapse warning signs and high-risk situations that threaten the clients Recovery. Actually many addicts don’t fully know their own triggers until they are released from treatment and placed back into their own daily routines. It’s easier to learn the “tools of Recovery” than it is to practice them. Most addicts leave treatment full of optimism and insight, with big plans and lofty goals only to discover that after a couple of months their Recovery has taken a “back seat” to their daily grind. They discover that problems in the workplace, family, relationships, finances, and social life become time consuming, overwhelming and take precedent over their Recovery. Addicts tend to get too busy to attend support groups and when they do attend they don’t get involved. They procrastinate and become spectators rather than participators in their own Recovery Process.
The first few months following treatment are critical to the maintenance of a life long Recovery program. A relapse prevention plan works much like the maintenance schedule of a new car, after a few months you bring the car in for a check-up, verify that all systems are working as expected, fine tune those that aren’t and look for problems that previously hadn’t been identified.
A relapse prevention plan gives clients an opportunity to have their Recovery programs evaluated, they will identify specific relapse warning signs, develop warning sign management strategies and develop a revised Recovery plan. They will identify what’s working and what’s not working, what do they need to do more of and what they need to do less of.
This presentation will give the clinical skills you need to inspire hope and help the chronic relapser to maintain long term recovery, and to develop a Recovery Plan that helps avoid repetetive relapses.
At the conclusion of the training participants will be able to:
- Develop a individualized relapse prevention plan.
- Assist clients in creating a Relapse Warning Sign List.
- Develop strategies for stopping the pattern of repetitive relapses.
- Evaluate and measure the strenghts and weaknesses of a clients Recovery Plan.
- Describe how a client can transition from stable recovery to a return to substance use.