Relapse Prevention


Relapse Flow Chart

The Relapse Prevention Model calls for the identification of high-risk situations for relapse and the development of solutions that prevent a lapse (few days absence from healthy behavior) from turning into a relapse (extended or indefinite lack of adherence/compliance).  Factors that contribute to relapse include:

  1. negative emotional states
  2. limited coping skills
  3. social pressure
  4. low motivation
  5. stress 
  6. high-risk situations

Key Concepts: skills training, cognitive reframing, lifestyle rebalancing

Click here to see flow diagram of model.

Key Authors:  Marlatt and Gordon 1985


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