Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 173-191

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Implementing long-term EAP follow-up with clients and family members to help prevent relapse—With implications for primary prevention

  • Andrea FooteAffiliated withInstitute of Labor & Industrial Relations, The University of Michigan
  • , Bradley GooginsAffiliated withCenter on Work and Family, Boston University
  • , Michael MoriartyAffiliated withInstitute of Labor & Industrial Relations, The University of Michigan
  • , Claudia SandonatoAffiliated withDetroit Edison Company
  • , Jerome NadolskiAffiliated withDetroit Edison Company
  • , Claudette JeffersonAffiliated withDetroit Edison Company

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This paper reports on a study in progress which involves (a) regular post-treatment contact by employee assistance program (EAP) staff with employees who seek help through the EAP, and (b) contact with a family member or other support person designated by the employee. The contacts are designed to provide support for maintenance of therapeutic gains, assistance in adjusting to current life situations, and early identification and prevention of relapse. The study will evaluate the process of initiating these contacts and will examine their effectiveness at reducing relapse. Factors associated with implementing these services in an EAP context are discussed.

Key Words

Employee assistance program relapse prevention family