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The MDH Aftercare program is offered to residents who have successfully completed the MDH Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment Program. The Aftercare program consists of one-hour individual weekly counselling sessions utilizing the Structured Relapse Prevention (SRP) model developed by the Addiction Research Foundation. Based on social learning theory, SRP counselling is a cognitive-behavioural approach, designed to enable persons to gain more control over their alcohol or drug use.

Counselling sessions focus on engaging clients to:

    • assess their goals and commitment to change
    • design an individually-tailored treatment plan
    • identify their strengths and resources
    • learn to anticipate their triggers to alcohol or drug use and develop alternative ways of coping
    • make connections between their alcohol and drug use and other life situations
    • ultimately, become their own therapist - by anticipating risk situations and pre-planning coping strategies.
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