Recovery Court / Relapse
Recovery Court is a program utilized as a practical
method of treatment to assist the client with the internalization of
responsibility for the prevention of relapse. The model is
particularly effective with the criminal justice client and
"street" addict but has therapeutic value for all substance
The following model may be used as a Group Therapy
process, Educational program or a specific on-going Track or Program
in a substance abuse treatment setting. If the group is larger, the
remaining peers may be present as observers. The program also
includes a thirty-five question screening tool that is utilized to
educate and prepare group members for the process.
Counselor as Judge
Client as Presenter
Client Peer as Defense Attorney
Client Peer as Prosecution Attorney
Client Peers (3-8) as Jury
Recovery Court challenges the individual to present
their patterns/history of relapse, warning signs and triggers, along
with a specific relapse prevention plan. The plan is then defended by
one of his peers who serves as a defense attorney for the purpose of
identifying the strengths of his plan. Another peer member fills the
role of prosecuting attorney to identify the weaknesses in the plan.
Additional group members function as a jury to provide feedback and
an over-all rating system that evaluates the presenter's relapse
The client utilizes this process to assist him/her with evaluating
and developing a realistic individualized relapse prevention plan.
The counselor functions in the role of judge to ensure group focus
and productive discussion. The Recovery process is most effective
when followed up with individual counseling sessions that assist the
client with further internalization of his/her specific on-going
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