PROFESSIONAL RELAPSE PREVENTION TRAINING
The Addictions Academy offers Relapse Prevention Professional Training
Relapse in relation to substance abuse is resuming the use of a drug or a chemical substance after a period of abstinence. A lot of clients want to stay sober and have issues remaining sober for long periods of time. Sometimes they do not have the tools to stay sober or pull themselves out of a relapse mentality before it happens. In this class you will learn how to stop a relapse before it happens, what to do if the client is in relapse mode (what that means) and how to break the cycle.
Relapse prevention attempts to identify the factors that contribute to relapses such as environmental and emotional situations including high-risk situations that threaten an individual’s coping strategies, sense of control, and outcome expediencies. Factors influencing relapse, include lifestyle such as stress, balance, urges, and cravings. Identification can help the individual to understand why they relapsed and what they can do to change so that the behavior doesn’t continue. This is the training class not the full certification, you will need to check with your state to see what credentials they require to complete their certifications.
NOTE: There are NO prerequisites to this course. We do offer Job Board, Networking, and Business/Private Practice assistance. We also hire from within once you are trained, certified, insured, and bonded.
What is covered in this class:
- Definitions relating to addiction, treatment, relapse, and relapse prevention.
- The 12 steps of AA
- Diagrams of addiction/recovery the stages of relapse
- The signs and symptoms of relapse
- Reasons why people think they relapse
- Avoiding relapse
- Action plan for relapse prevention
- Questions to prevent relapse
- Questions for relapse
- Chemical dependency
- Treatment models and recovery
- Stages/procedures/principles of relapse
- Relapse history questions
- Recognizing warning signs
- Action plan for relapse prevention strategy
- Daily recovery plan/ activities
- Daily inventory
- Interactive exam (role play)
- Final exam written
Is it OK to relapse? Most addiction professionals would argue that relapse is simply part of the addiction recovery process towards total abstinence. Usually a client that is planning to remain sober will relapse once or twice in the path to recovery. Sometimes a major stressful event will cause a relapse for a short period of time until he client finds his or her way into treatment or back into sobriety,
Whats the difference between a Slip and a Relapse? Most addiction professionals will call a ‘slip’ a quick use of the drug or alcohol the client is trying to avoid. This is usually a one or two day event. The Relapse will be longer and less controlled, meaning it can be a week or two or more depending on the circumstances surrounding the events that led up to the drug or alcohol use.
What is a relapse? A drug or alcohol relapse can be defined as a return to drug or alcohol use for a prolonged period of time after a period of abstinence. Generally a feeling leads to a thought and that leads to an action, hence the relapse.
Does one drink count as a relapse? If you follow the 12 step AA and NA principals, one drink counts as a relapse and sets you back to zero. Most addiction professionals do not like this archaic thought process as we now know that relapse is part of the recovery process. We also know some people can drink responsibility after they battle an alcoholic addiction.