Many people mistakenly believe that relapse is an inevitable part of
recovery but theyre wrong! Relapse can be prevented. Its as easy as adding
some special skills to the recovery tool kit. Relapse prevention methods have
become widely accepted and effective. However, two mistaken beliefs about
relapse prevention persist in the mind of people. The first is that relapse
prevention needs to come at the end of initial treatment; and the second is
that relapse prevention should be reserved only for people who have attempted
recovery and returned to addictive use.
This workbook is designed to challenge these mistaken beliefs. It will
show how primary recovery skills and relapse prevention skills can be
seamlessly brought together. Most recovering people experience early relapse
warning signs and high-risk situations. They dont know whats happening or
what to do. As a result, they feel powerless and confused. Their stress goes
up. They start having craving and using drug-seeking behaviors. They get into a
spiral of dysfunction and eventually ask themselves the question, If this is
recovery, why bother?
This is why so many people benefit from a custom-designed package of
both primary recovery and relapse prevention that they can use from day one.
Its not magic to avoid relapse, people just need to do the right things at the
right time. This workbook shows them how through a daily planning process and a
set of skills that can support them through the critical first days of