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Relapse Prevention & Recovery

Recovery is now a central focus of services.  The course looks at the differences between recovery rates in early onset addictions compared to late onset addiction, that show markedly different recovery patterns.  Drawing on the latest research in recovery, this course will offer those working with problematic drug and alcohol users a clear map of the recovery processes, identify the key challenges and matching this to a wide range of practical tools to support people in overcoming them.  This helps support client through early challenges such as cravings and urges, towards constructing a more fulfilling substance-free life.


It identifies the  8 reasons why relapse can occur and how to assess clients personal risk profiles.  Specific attention is then given to lifestyle modification and the importance of recovery environments.  Finally, the programme gives workers skills in developing relapse management plans to help clients overcome setbacks.  


Who is the Course For?  


The course is for any professionals working with recovery processes including  substance misuse teams, housing support teams, peer mentors, recovery navigators and those in the criminal justice sector.

Also Available to be Delivered Online?


Yes, Zoom based integration


Method of Delivery 


The training course is highly interactive, even during presentations. It uses a wide variety of learning approaches including presentations, pairs and small group work exercises and self-assessment.  The course is also supported with free e-learning and further resources to re-cap, review and refresh learning. 


Course Length 


1 or 2 days (9.30-4.30)

Max Number of Attendees 



Resources Required

Flipchart stand & paper

Any seating arrangment

Course Aim & Objectives


The course will offer participants a chance to explore, understand and practice key skills in addressing the risk of relapse into substance misuse.

By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to:


  • Define recovery

  • Describe the recovery process

  • Practice key skills to support clients in the early stages of recovery

  • Assess the critical risk factors for individual clients

  • Develop comprehensive lifestyle modification strategies wit clients

  • Build a recovery plan with clients




"Excellent as always."

GP with Substance Misuse Specialism


“Yes, amazing insight…  Just wish we had more time to chat about things.  Lots of useful stuff I can incorporate into my work.  If I had an addiction issue I would really hope Phil could be my worker… Great knowledge.”

Mental Health Worker

“In depth knowledge about the brain to help understand addictions and craving-everything was great.”

Mental Health Worker

“Awesome! Very informative and thought provoking!"

Housing Worker

“A really interesting approach towards addiction and recovery-thanks.”

Housing Worker

Good examples, engaged the group throughout-sense of humour-broad knowledge of subject.”

Mental Health Worker

“Theoretical framework and Phil’s wealth of knowledge.”

Housing Support

“Trainer’s wealth of knowledge and dynamic delivery.”

Mental Health Worker


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