Relapse Prevention Group (Section V): From Counselor's Treatment Manual

Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People With Stimulant Use Disorders

About the Course:

Relapse Prevention Group (Section V): From Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People With Stimulant Use Disorders is a central component of the Matrix method. These sessions are forums in which people with substance use disorders share information about relapse prevention and receive assistance in coping with the issues of recovery and relapse avoidance. The Relapse Prevention Group is based on the premises that relapse is not a random event, the process of relapse follows predictable patterns, and signs of impending relapse can be identified by staff members and clients.



Publication Date:

2006; Reprinted 2010


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about relapse prevention groups related to the matrix intensive outpatient treatment for people with stimulant use disorders. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the format and approach to leading Relapse Prevention (RP)
    groups on relevant topics, including boredom, relapse drift, work, shame, and trust.

  2. Explain how to conduct RP groups on subjects such as relapse justification, emotional triggers, stress, and anger.

  3. Describe the leadership of RP sessions dealing with issues like repairing relationships, compulsive behaviors, depression, and 12-step programs.

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