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Relapse Prevention Models

Provide a comparison (similarities and differences) of two relapse prevention models. Then, explain how each model might be applied in a substance abuse counseling setting, using specific examples.

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In this particular task, you are being asked to present a comparative discussion of 2 relapse prevention models. I suggest providing a concise discussion with enough details but do not make it too long - what is important is you provide a comparative effort. I suggest using this outline:

1. About Relapse Prevention - 100 words
2. About model 1 - 100 words
3. About model 2 - 100 words
4. Scenario & application - 100 words

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AE 105878/Xenia Jones

On Relapse Prevention

When we talk of relapse, we are referring to the possibility of people who formerly abused substances (i.e. alcoholism) falling back into abusive cycles, into their once addicted or problematic states. In an essence, relapse refers to the recovering/recovered alcoholic or former addict falling back into the pattern of substance abuse. Relapse is not just about substance abuse though - it refers to the return of a past condition. To prevent a relapse means identifying the signs of relapse and preventing the high-risk situation it brings back from taking form and this includes alcohol abuse, substance abuse, depression, sexual offending and food abuse/obesity. In this particular discussion, I am focusing on 2 relapse prevention models - that of Marlatt & Gordon (1985) and Gorski (1995).

Marlatt & Gordon's Relapse Prevention Model

Marlatt & Gordon's (1985) relapse prevention model is based on the principles of social cognitive psychology. It takes on the conceptual structure of relapse and incorporates cognitive behavioral strategies for the purpose of relapse episodes. What does this mean? Marlatt & Gordon (1985) lists a taxonomy of factors that can lead to relapse as in the case of alcoholism for example. The taxonomy is ...

Solution Summary

The relapse prevention models are examined. A comparison between the two are determined.