KEY FEATURES: A unique focus on the theories of addiction helps fill a gap in the literature that allows readers to connect theory to practice. A single case study explored from multiple perspectives allows students to compare all approaches applied to client situations. Sidebars with classroom discussion questions and activities assist students in further exploration of the theories. A list of resources concludes each chapter to encourage continued learning.

Approaches to Relapse Prevention

Approaches to Relapse Prevention

18 Approaches to relapse prevention
Amanda L. Giordano Elliott S. Woehler

A return to substance use after a period of abstinence can be devastating for the client, the counselor, and the client's friends and family. Clients may feel hopelessness and shame, counselors may experience frustration or self-blame, and family and friends may react with anger or despair. Addiction counselors not only are charged with working with clients to prevent relapse but also must respond effectively to the diverse emotions that emerge when relapse occurs. One way to attend to these emotional responses is to conceptualize relapse as an important learning opportunity rather than a failure of the client or treatment. Although the goal ...

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