High-risk situations refer to any condition that may increase the chance for engagement in any undesirable behavior. In the context of drug and alcohol treatment, a high-risk situation is any cognition, emotion, location, event, or experience that could escalate the potential to use or overuse a substance. This entry reviews both the original linear model and the later dynamic model of relapse as they relate to high-risk situations and reviews cognitive behavioral treatment options of identifying and preparing for high-risk situations.

Models of Relapse

Two primary models of relapse will be explained and examined below. The initial linear model of relapse views high-risk situations as an antecedent, resulting either in successful coping or relapse. The more recent dynamic model incorporates that theory with a dynamic perspective of ...

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