A Biblical Cognitive Relapse Prevention Support Group: What God's Word Says about Relapse Prevention Participant Guide

ASBPM has designed a biblically strategic participant guide which assists individuals in taking an in-depth, individualized view of what they need to do to prevent them from returning to “sowing to the flesh (relapsing).” It also helps each individual to recognize their particular needs (spiritual, emotional, and mental) by identifying their strongholds, infirmities, set-up behaviors, and cravings, enabling them to select practical biblical solution to address those needs. It addresses every major area of “sowing to the flesh (relapse prevention)” that individuals in restoration from the effects of alcohol and other drugs encounter. The participant guide is extremely comprehensive and provides biblical insight into key principles necessary for relapse prevention.

The Biblical Cognitive Relapse Prevention Support Group is a highly interactive open-ended group based on five phases of development. Each phase is designed to address a critical area in relapse prevention. The participant guide is designed to promote a biblical view of relapse prevention, fellowship with God, and for group participants to develop an understanding and faith in their identity in Christ, character development, and insight into overcoming the effects of addiction. Group members are required to complete exercises (self-checks, action steps, and self-ratings) at the end of each phase that are shared within the group. Fellowship with God is emphasized throughout the group process.

ASBPM has also developed a group facilitators' training kit consisting of a facilitator's guide and PowerPoint presentation. The facilitator's guide is a strategic tool for instructing group facilitation in a small group setting. It is designed to provide pastors, chaplains, and ministry leaders with an effective training tool, and biblical insight for equipping ministry volunteers working with individuals being restored from addiction to drugs/alcohol.

--Robert F. Vann

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