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Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Maryka Biaggio, PhD


This paper discusses the effectiveness of relapse prevention programs for addictive or self-destructive behaviors. Definitions of addiction, lapse, and relapse are given. A brief synopsis of the evolution of assumed causative factors and implications for the treatment of these behaviors are provided. The subsequent development of relapse prevention models is described. A critical literature review of current treatment methodologies for maintenance of addiction-free behavior is presented.