Case Study 7: Relapse Prevention
The case of David, a 17-year-old male with a history of using benzodiazepines, stimulants, and alcohol, is used to highlight how a relapse prevention plan can be established. A relapse prevention plan helps a patient/client identify early warning signs and triggers and maximizes the use of recovery tools such as self-help meetings, ongoing treatment, and support from family members. Early warning signs and triggers can include changes in routine/schedule, loss of connection with non-drug using friends, and a willing exposure to known high-risk environments and situations.
KeywordsRelapse prevention plan Triggers Recovery tools Contingency management Adolescents
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