Relapse Prevention: Viable, Versatile, and Reconceptualized

  • Lee M. Cohen
  • Patricia B. Sutker
Book Review

Relapse Prevention: Maintenance Strategies in the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors, 2nd ed. Edited by G. Alan Marlatt and Dennis M. Donovan. New York: The Guilford Press, 2005.

Two decades ago, Marlatt and Gordon (1985) edited what was to become one of the most influential works in the field of alcohol and addictive behaviors entitled, Relapse Prevention: Maintenance Strategies in the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors. In this landmark text, Marlatt and his colleagues drew from a study of primary situations that led 70 male alcoholics to initiate drinking in the first 90 days following inpatient treatment to create a taxonomy of high-risk situations for drinking and individual responses to those situations. Marlatt proposed a cognitive-behavioral (CB) model of the relapse process that begins with assessment of potentially high-risk situations that can impact drinking probability. Relapse prevention (RP) was conceptualized as a tertiary alcohol treatment strategy, used to prevent an...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lee M. Cohen
    • 1
  • Patricia B. Sutker
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Texas Tech University and The Center for Tobacco Prevention and ControlTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbockUSA
  2. 2.Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral ScienceTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbockUSA

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