Reflecting the latest content in the DSM–5, The Spectrum of Addiction presents a comprehensive overview of addictive behaviors and habits from early use through risky use, severe-risk use, and addiction. Authors Laura Veach and Regina Moro draw from their experience in both teaching and counseling to provide real-world knowledge and evidence-based practices for working with clients who fall within the spectrum of addiction ranging from experimentation to physical addiction and recovery. With a unique focus on neuroscience, integration of CACREP standards, and extensive coverage of addictions across the lifespan, the book serves as a practical resource for future addiction counselors. The Spectrum of Addiction is part of SAGE’s Counseling and Professional Identity Series. To learn more about each text in the series, please visit

Continuing Care and Relapse Prevention

Continuing Care and Relapse Prevention

Learning Objectives

The learner will be able to

  • describe the continuing care level of addiction counseling and its importance to the full spectrum of substance or process-related counseling;
  • describe at least two evidence-based approaches to use in counseling individuals to prevent relapse;
  • define trauma-informed counseling in continuing care; and
  • provide a description of one evidence-based approach for addressing relapse issues.


In this chapter, the level of care that is often at the far end of the spectrum—continuing care—will be reviewed. At times, great attention is given to the intensive phase of addiction-related counseling. Much effort may be expended to help get people into the intensive level of care, such as at a residential or an intensive outpatient program. Often the keen ...

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