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Relapse Prevention Therapy is a type of cognitive-behavioural therapy. It primarily
treats addiction and substance abuse but also treats mental health disorders
like depression, OCD and more. According to a foundational study on Relapse
Prevention (RP), the therapy “seeks to identify high-risk situations in which an
individual is vulnerable to relapse and to use both cognitive and behavioural coping
strategies to prevent future relapses in similar situations” (Marlatt & Witkiewitz,
Clients will participate in Relapse Prevention Groups throughout their inpatient stay,
using evidence-based interventions developed by Terence Gorski as well as Marlatt
and Gordon. These will require clients to review and identify the areas of their lives,
behaviours and motivation to change as part of their ongoing recovery.
These sessions are experiential as well as didactic, and provide clients with the
necessary practical tools to implement whilst in treatment, as well as for post
Samarpan has implemented the Gorski-Cenaps model of Relapse Prevention as the
main approach for this specific modality and this encompasses nine basic principles.
Each principle is complimented with a procedure or clinical technique that can be
used to operationalize that principle with clients:
All clients at Samarpan will be discharged with a Relapse Prevention Plan (Recovery
Plan) derived from a process of collaborative work with the group, therapists and
A relapse prevention plan is a vital tool for anyone in recovery. Having a plan helps
you recognize your own personal behaviours that may point to relapse in the future.
It also outlines ways to combat those behaviours and get back on track.
A relapse prevention plan is a written document a client creates with their treatment
team and shares with their support group. The plan offers a course of action for
responding to triggers and cravings.
Relapse usually isn’t a spur-of-the-moment event. Typically, it is a three-part
With a relapse prevention plan, it is possible to acknowledge and act upon certain
feelings and events, in turn avoiding a physical relapse (which is the stage when
someone returns to drug or alcohol use).
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