Staying Sober- A Guide for Relapse Prevention

Staying Sober, written by Terry Gorski, explains addictive disease, Post Acute Withdrawal (PAW), recovery, partial recovery, mistaken beliefs about recovery and relapse, the relapse process, relapse prevention therapy and the role of family involvement and relapse prevention support groups. 

In order to understand recovery and relapse prevention, it is necessary to understand addictive disease.  Some people fail to recover because they do not understand their addiction and, therefore, fail to do what is necessary to avoid relapse.  The text is organized to parallel the recovery education process so the book, Staying Sober can be used as a powerful therapeutic reading assignment with clients.


Course Objectives Upon completion of this home study course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain how the body of an addicted person reacts to mood-altering chemicals in a different way than the body of a non-addicted person.
  2. Discuss how addictive disease is bio-psycho-social.
  3. Review the stages in the progression of addictive disease and the symptoms of each stage.
  4. Identify how denial of addiction blocks recovery.
  5. Describe the importance of completing all phases of recovery in order to prevent relapse.
  6. List the six phases of recovery in the Developmental Model of Recovery;
  7. Explain stuck points in recovery.

This 11credit hour course is offered for $135.00


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