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Structured Relapse Prevention

This specialized program has been designed by Integrated Workplace Solutions (IWS) to provide the necessary support to clients that will allow them to maintain sobriety after leaving treatment.

The program provides 100 weeks of support and research confirms that this is a timeframe in which many clients will struggle with their recovery. Clients are assigned to the program after completing a Referral Document and a Release of Information Document which outlines the program and the expectations of the client. This document also clearly indicates what information will be shared with a designated single-point of contact from their organization.

A masters-level counsellor with experience in addiction and relapse prevention will then contact the client and begin working through the structured sessions. Treatment plans are individualized to meet the unique needs of each client. Any issues related to either relapse or non-compliance with the program will be alerted to the designated representative. If a client were to experience a slip-up or a relapse, a subsequent SAP assessment may be recommended. The IWS Structured Relapse Prevention Program consists of four phases outlined below:

100 Weeks of Recovery – Four Phases of the SRP

Phase one: Assessment and Treatment Planning

During this phase the counsellor conducts a needs assessment to determine what the client will require in order to be successful in their recovery.   Information will be reviewed from the original SAP assessment and follow-up, the discharge summary from the treatment provider, as well as any other relevant information that will assist with treatment planning. 

Treatment goals are negotiated between the client and the counsellor and informed by the organization’s Drugs and Alcohol Policy.  During the Assessment and Treatment Planning Phase, the counsellor will work with the client to determine what goals will best allow the client to maintain complete abstinence from all mood-altering substances.  These goals will be individualized and formulated to allow the client to have the best chance for a successful recovery.

Phase two: Implementing Changes

Beginning in Phase Two, monthly reports are provided to the organization’s designated representative.  These monthly reports will list all attended sessions and comment on the client’s compliance and motivation regarding the treatment.  In addition to the in-person sessions, clients will be given worksheets, self-assessment questionnaires, and other assignments to be completed in-between the scheduled appointments.

During the Implementing Changes Phase, clients begin to practice new behaviours based on insights learned in treatment.  The counsellor will assist the client as they make the necessary adjustments adding healthy social supports and recovery activities.  Typically the client will be meeting with a 12-step support group (such as AA or NA) and the counsellor may collaborate with the sponsor, or another trusted individual (with client approval) to verify and provide accountability around recovery efforts.   During this phase the client will be guided as they review specific and relevant substance use triggers to better understand how to respond to high-risk situations.

Phase three: Living in Recovery

The organization’s designated representative will continue to receive monthly reports outlining compliance with treatment goals.  Clients will continue with various worksheets, self-assessment questionnaires, and other recovery tasks as assigned by their counsellor.

The Living In Recovery Phase focuses on counselling strategies known to be successful in initiating a long-term change in behavior.   The client is supported in looking at the utility of past behaviours compared to positive changes that have occurred now that they are several months into their recovery.  As the frequency of sessions continues to decrease, clients learn to anticipate their identified high-risk situations, and to practice new coping and self-care strategies between counselling appointments.

Phase four: Maintenance

At the conclusion of this phase, the organization’s designated representative will receive a discharge report outlining the client’s successful completion of the IWS SRPP.

In the Maintenance Phase, the client reflects on their own experience in recovery.   At this point the client has learned what works for them and where they need to remain vigilant.   The client has learned more sophisticated responses to any cravings.  The goal of these final sessions is to fortify and support the client’s confidence and self-efficacy around their ability to confront, and successfully cope with substance use triggers.  The final sessions occur with wider gaps giving the client the opportunity to practice their relapse prevention skills without feeling reliant on their counsellor.  The client will have the opportunity to reflect on the gains that have been made from the beginning of the IWS SRPP.  When the Maintenance Phase concludes the client will have a clear plan around how to enjoy their life in a stable recovery.

We also offer supplemental services such as manager training, re-integration support, and workplace consulting.