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Objectives Define relapse in terms of addiction as well as mental health Examine relapse prevention techniques Explore needs of the person: Psychosocial and Maslovian
3. What is Relapse Relapse is the return to addictive behaviors or the recurrence of mood disorders Relapse often starts long before the person uses again Get caught up in day-in-day-out Start acting “mindlessly” Stop going to meetings/counseling/church/lifeline Begins running out of energy to do new behaviors Frustration, irritability and exhaustion set in Caveat…an extreme stressor can prompt “immediate relapse”
4. Extreme Stressors Those things that overwhelm an individuals ability to cope Thrust them into the fight or flight New coping skills and support resources may not even be considered, or only half-heartedly Have clients identify or practice dealing with these types of situations in group Divorce Death Job Loss Diagnosis of a terminal or chronic illness (Cancer, ALS, HIV)
5. Beginner Tools for Extreme Stress Get support… You are outnumbered! Self-soothing/De-Escalation Systematic Desensitization Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CPT Note Card I feel… because …… What am I upset about What are the FACTS for and against this belief Am I using all or nothing thinking or jumping to conclusions I need to call _______ to get an objective perspective or what would _____ do
6. Psychosocial Needs Represent tasks that must be accomplished or needs that must be met as the people grow up These tasks help people learn self-control, confidence and esteem Problems in achieving these tasks/needs can lead to problems in development Problems later in life may cause people to question their earlier conclusions These tasks are not linear and final Part of the treatment process is helping people learn how to “parent” themselves. Clinicians initially take the part of the parental figure modeling how to resolve issues