"If We Don't Use Today, We'll Stay Sober Today"

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  • Title: "If We Don't Use Today, We'll Stay Sober Today": Inoculation-centered Intervention Strategy for Relapse Prevention
  • Author(s): Kimberly A. Parker, Allison Thieneman, Bobi Ivanov
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Health, Wellness & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society
  • Keywords: Inoculation, Long-term Recovery, Relapse, Substance Abuse Disorder, Intervention, Addiction
  • Volume: 10
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2156-8960 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2156-9053 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v10i02/53-69
  • Citation: Parker, Kimberly A., Allison Thieneman, and Bobi Ivanov. 2019. ""If We Don't Use Today, We'll Stay Sober Today": Inoculation-centered Intervention Strategy for Relapse Prevention." The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society 10 (2): 53-69. doi:10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v10i02/53-69.
  • Extent: 17 pages

Abstract

As the human and financial costs of substance abuse continue to rise, effective prevention and intervention strategies are needed to counter the epidemic. All too often, success is ephemeral as individuals relapse into old habits, thus highlighting the need for effective strategies to counter relapse. As a robust strategy applied to a variety of health issues, inoculation has the potential to attenuate the current rates of relapse. Thus, this intervention proposes the use of inoculation theory in the context of substance abuse disorders to promote long-term recovery and reduce relapse. Three intervention strategies were developed as part of the project: a core inoculation message, booster messages, and refusal skills training. These strategies utilize inoculation messages in various ways to address the complexity of long-term recovery.