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Book Details
  • Genre: SELF-HELP
  • SubGenre: Substance Abuse & Addictions / General
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 200

How to Start Relapse Prevention Support Groups

by Terence T. Gorski

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Overview
Relapse prevention support groups are an innovative approach to recovery. The concept grew out of the desperate need of relapse-prone people to recover. Relapse support groups are self-help groups designed to support the growing number of recovering people who are using relapse prevention therapy as part of their recovery programs.
Description
Relapse prevention support groups are an innovative approach to recovery. The concept grew out of the desperate need of relapse-prone people to recover. Relapse support groups are self-help groups designed to support the growing number of recovering people who are using relapse prevention therapy as part of their recovery programs. As more recovering people got involved in relapse prevention support groups, I began to get calls and letters asking for advice on how to start and maintain a group. These calls disturbed me because I didn't know how to answer the questions that I was being asked. So I began to do some research. I went right to the experts, the pioneers who have already started relapse prevention support groups and are learning how to make them work. I have attempted to combine what I have learned from numerous conversations across the United States and Canada and condense that information into a simple question-and-answer format. I have included the most commonly asked questions about relapse prevention and relapse prevention support groups. It is my goal to give you enough information to start a group if you want to do so. This information comes from recovering people who have started relapse prevention support groups. Because these groups are so new, there are no right answers. Nothing is etched in granite. Some of the groups I've heard about succeeded. Others failed. I want to share with you my impressions of what helped the successful groups succeed and what caused the unsuccessful groups to fail. You will be given guidelines not absolute recommendations. Each group is unique, and those that succeed build upon the special strengths and weaknesses of their members. Successful groups focus heavily upon the needs of their members, give special attention to new members, keep the focus on identifying and managing warning signs, and allow for a diversity of discussion and feedback among members.
About the author
Terence T. Gorski is an internationally recognized expert on substance abuse, mental health, violence, and crime. He is best known for his contributions to relapse prevention, managing chemically dependent offenders, and developing community-based teams for managing the problems of alcohol, drugs, violence, and crime. He has extensive experience working with employee assistance programs (EAP) and has special expertise in working with emergency professionals including fire, medical, and law enforcement. He is a prolific author who has published hundreds of books and articles. He is also the founded The CENAPS®. Corporation in 1982, which is a private training and consultation firm committed to providing the most advanced training in the chemical dependency and behavioral health fields.
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