Exhibit 8-5. Patient Goals in Building Relapse Prevention Skills

• Understand relapse as a process, not an event.
• Develop new coping skills for high-risk situations.
• Make lifestyle changes to decrease the need for drugs.
• Increase participation in healthy activities.
• Understand and address social pressures to use substances.
• Develop a supportive relapse prevention network (e.g., with significant others).
• Develop methods of coping with negative emotional states.
• Learn methods of coping with cognitive distortions.
• Develop a plan to interrupt a slip or relapse.
• Recognize relapse warning signs, including internal and external triggers and warning signs.
• Combat memories of drug abuse-associated euphoria.
• Reinforce recollections of negative aspects of drug use.
• Overcome the desire to attempt to regain control over use of illicit drugs or abuse of alcohol or prescription drugs.
• Avoid people, places, and things that might trigger drug use.
• Develop pleasurable and rewarding alternatives to drug use.

From: Chapter 8. Approaches to Providing Comprehensive Care and Maximizing Patient Retention

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Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs.
Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 43.
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

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