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Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviours: A Manual for Therapists



Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviours: A Manual for Therapists

Shamil Wanigaratne, Wendy Wallace, Jane Pullin, F. Keaney, Richard D. T. Farmer

ISBN: 978-0-632-02484-1 January 1991 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages


Relapse prevention applies cognitive-behavioural strategies and lifestyle procedures to treat people with addiction problems. Other available literature on relapse prevention tends to be theoretical in nature; this book fulfils the need for a practical manual showing how therapists should carry out this form of treatment. It is based on the actual experience of the authors in using relapse prevention methods and provides working details on the different topics to be covered in each group or individual session. 'Homework' assignments are also provided and a chapter is devoted to 'trouble shooting' - how to deal with the potential problems encountered in this type of therapy.
Introductory overview;.

Getting started;.


High-risk situations;.

Thinking errors;.

Psychological traps;.


Decision making and problem solving;.

Lifestyle balance;.


Putting it all together;.


* relapse prevention is an effective new technique stressing self-help and has quickly become established internationally * satisfies the urgent need for a 'how to do it' book, explaining how to run a relapse prevention package for people with addiction problems
* suitable for all addictions - alcohol, drugs, smoking, overeating, gambling, addictive sexual behaviour, criminal re-offenders and compulsive spenders
* written by a pioneering team of professionals, reflecting the multidisciplinary team approach at University College Hospital, London
* written in a way that makes it easy to read and simple to use for people with different levels of experience and knowledge of the field