418 Preventing Addiction Relapse: What Works and For Whom?
G. Alan Marlatt
Saturday Morning Only
The 85-percent relapse rate among those fighting addictions is hardly encouraging. . .
In this workshop, we’ll explore a promising group approach based on data revealing that the key to relapse prevention is to match the intervention with the client and his or her triggers--emotions, interpersonal conflicts, or high-risk situations. We’ll discuss research-based evidence indicating that mindfulness training provides metacognitive coping skills that encourage personal acceptance--rather than shame, guilt, or self-blame--promote relaxation, and strengthen the ability to manage stress. You’ll learn how to help clients tolerate cravings without succumbing by using various meditation practices, including the SOBER approach (Stop; Observe thoughts/feelings; Breathe as an anchor, Expand awareness of the “bigger picture”; Respond mindfully). Studies indicate that this approach results in lower relapse rates when it’s incorporated in substance abuse treatment.
Alan Marlatt, Ph.D.,
is a professor of psychology and director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington. He’s coauthored numerous books, most recently Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician’s Guide