While an important part of child welfare practice includes assessing families for substance use disorders and referring parents and youth to treatment programs and services, so, too, is working with parents and youth to prevent relapse. This section points to research on possible factors and supports important for sustained recovery after parents and youth complete treatment, and information about a behavioral program that teaches individuals dealing with addiction how to anticipate and cope with the potential for relapse.
Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
Defines Relapse Prevention Therapy including coping skills, training strategies, and specific outcomes
Substance Use Disorders in African American Communities: Prevention, Treatment and Recovery
Highlights recovery management as an alternative to the acute care model in addressing the needs of African Americans with substance use disorders, and summarizes research about preventing of co-occurring disorders among African Americans, and offers recommendations as to how the goal of preventing co-occurring disorders among African Americans should be approached.
What Adolescents Need to Prevent Relapse After Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Comparison of Youth, Parent, and Staff Perspectives
Acria, Gogel, Pollocka, & Wisdoma (2012)
Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 21(2)
Explores what factors youths, caregivers, and staff perceive as important to remain substance free after completing a residential treatment program. Findings, implications, and potential areas of inquiry are discussed.