Relapse Prevention Therapy helps individuals learn to identify and correct problematic behaviors. It encompasses several cognitive-behavioral strategies that facilitate abstinence and provide help for people who experience relapse. Techniques used include exploring consequences, self-monitoring, avoidance techniques, and developing a strategy to help cope with high-risk situations. Research shows that the skills learned through Relapse Prevention Therapy remain after the completion of treatment.
Clients at Summit Malibu receive several hours of Relapse Prevention Planning each week. Guided by a Relapse Prevention Counselor, they must complete their own Relapse Prevention Workbook before being discharged. The workbook contains sections listing the client’s situational triggers, belief-system triggers, and emotional triggers, and includes specific plans for behavioral coping, mental and emotional coping, and information for people supporting their recovery about signs and symptoms of a relapse and what they can do to help.
By the time they leave Summit their workbook contains a concrete, personalized plan for managing the inevitable stresses that will occur during a reintegration into normal life. The Summit Relapse Prevention Counselor also provides post-discharge support by following up with each client on a weekly basis, referring to the client’s workbook and adjusting and refining the plan as needed. The Relapse Prevention Counselor is also available to consult with other professionals that are supporting the client.