Definitions for "Relapse prevention"
A strategy for reducing the likelihood of a psychiatric disorder’s recurrence that includes the identification of the patient’s triggers and warning signals and the development of a plan for avoiding triggers and seeking help when warning signals arise
A specific component of the recovery process. It entails maximising wellness for people with mental illness by reducing the likelihood and impact of relapse. It involves empowering people with mental illness to recognise early warning signs of relapse and develop appropriate response plans. It requires identifying risk and protective factors for mental health, and implementing interventions that enhance protective factors and eliminate or reduce the impact of risk factors. Relapse prevention is based on communication and understanding between the person experiencing mental illness, their family and carers, primary health care, the specialist mental health system, and community support services about access to support or treatment if there are early signs of relapse. Relapse prevention is an essential, but not sufficient, component of the recovery process for people with mental illness.
Any strategy or activity designed to assist an alcohol or other drug user who has become abstinent from returning to active alcohol or drug use. Relapse prevention also refers to specific cognitive-behavioral treatment that combines behavioral skill-training procedures with cognitive intervention techniques to help individuals maintain desired behavioral changes. It draws from both health psychology and social-cognitive therapy and uses a psycho educational self-management approach to substance abuse designed to teach patients new coping responses (e.g., alternatives to addictive behavior), to alter unhelpful beliefs and expectations concerning substance abuse, and to change personal habits and lifestyles.
Treatment which serves to deter the reoccurrence of an adverse condition.