chapter  11
Multidimensional Relapse Prevention from a Biopsychosocial Perspective Across Phases of Recovery
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Treatment professionals have recognized the importance of incorporating a relapseprevention component into any program aspiring to be a viable route by which the chemically dependent can achieve long-term abstinence (Gorski, 1990; Washton & Stone-Washton, 1990; Rawson, Obert, McCann, Smith, & Ling, 1990). In fact, some have argued that relapse prevention may constitute the most criticial component of treatment (Wallace, 1990). Relapse prevention is one of the treatment interventions to be maintained, particularly when cost-effectiveness decisions or staff shortages dictate a decrease in the services delivered.