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Applied interventions for the prevention of relapse in addictive disorders

Relapse has been identified as a common problem in the treatment of addictions. The problem of relapse must be included in counseling chemically dependent clients to prevent or intervene in a return to substance use. Treatment professionals are in need of techniques designed to interrupt the relapse process. Conceptual models of addiction are reviewed for their influence upon how addiction and relapse are perceived in this society. These models have impacted current theories of relapse prevention. Recent models of relapse prevention focus on identifying and treating specific risk factors of relapse. These models provide a foundation for developing and applying techniques in chemical dependency treatment. The specific intervention techniques presented here are based on current approaches to relapse prevention. These strategies focus on biological, psychological, and social Relapse has been identified as a common problem in the treatment of addictions. The problem of relapse must be included in counseling chemically dependent clients to prevent or intervene in a return to substance use. Treatment professionals are in need of techniques designed to interrupt the relapse process. Conceptual models of addiction are reviewed for their influence upon how addiction and relapse are perceived in this society. These models have impacted current theories of relapse prevention. Recent models of relapse prevention focus on identifying and treating specific risk factors of relapse. These models provide a foundation for developing and applying techniques in chemical dependency treatment. The specific intervention techniques presented here are based on current approaches to relapse prevention. These strategies focus on biological, psychological, and social factors that are believed to increase the risk of relapse. The techniques section includes theoretical rationale, clinical applications, suggestions and limitations of using relapse prevention strategies in the treatment setting.

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