Relapse Prevention Group

The focus and curriculum of the Relapse Prevention Group is based on cognitive behavioral therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and the Franklin Reality Model, along with group processing. General topics of the day focus on understanding beliefs and patterns of thought and begin to understand how these affect behavior. Efforts will be made to look at negative core beliefs and relate these beliefs to resulting attitudes and patterns, especially as they relate to substance use. There is a focus on confronting negative core beliefs and working to unwind cognitive distortions and learn skills such as realist self-talk and affirmations to support this process. The intended outcome is to help clients practice newly learned skills to identify and understand various beliefs they hold and learn to balance their thinking to support greater well-being. Related to understanding their beliefs, clients will explore emotional needs and identify emotional needs that they would attempt to satisfy with substance use. Included in this group is identification of relapse triggers and high risk situations as they occur in their day to day life. Use and practice of coping skills to deal with relapse are explored. Finally, clients will work to create and process a relapse prevention plan with new found knowledge and understanding. This will be shared with the group and will focus on balancing emotional needs, identifying relapse warning signs and identifying a plan to address issues before relapse occurs.