Relapse Prevention

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Cross-Addiction: the Back Door to Relapse

Cross-addiction is the single greatest relapse factor. Those who seek treatment generally have an honest desire to remain abstinent from alcohol or another drug of choice. Yet most can also name a drug they've tried that they considered "safe" for themselves, one they believe they can control. Firsthand testimony from recovering alcoholics and addicts, chemical dependency professionals, and a medical doctor dispel the myth that there is any such thing as a "safe" substance for people in recovery. The video ends with a message of hope as the recovering individuals share the joys and triumphs complete abstinence has brought to their lives.

Adult            39 min.           2005            DVD-52

God As We Understand Him: A Film About Faith and the 12 Step Movement

The purpose of this project is to address religious and spiritual issues faced by persons in recovery. Many who enter the rooms of recovery have no faith in God, others are cynical about religion, and still others believe that A.A. and other 12 Step groups are, themselves, religious cults. God as we understand Him reveals how recovering alcoholics work the Twelve Steps, regardless of their particular faith or creed. Alcoholics with a wide variety of belief systems have the chance to discuss their experiences with A.A. Represented faiths include Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, Religious Science, Unitarian Universalism, Setianism, Atheism, and various forms of Agnosticism. Others reject organized religion but consider themselves spiritual in some sense, whether Pagan-Druid, Native American, or followers of various other spiritual teachings. What role do their personal understandings of God play in their recovery? How has the Twelve Step process transformed their lives and belief systems? What about A.A. members who are Agnostic or Atheist? Have they come to believe that God exists? Have they been able to work the Twelve Steps without any concept of God? If so, what concepts do they use to replace the "God" concept?  Note: To keep their anonymity, A.A. members are filmed from the neck down.

Adult            110 min.              2008 

The MATRIX MODEL for Teens & Young Adults - CD-ROM

The Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults is the next generation of the adult Matrix Model. This intensive outpatient program for youth received an exemplary rating by Drug Strategies.

Findings at the six-month follow-up, compared to intake, showed:

  • significant reductions in the number of days of reported alcohol and drug use
  • that over 70% of clients reported no alcohol use and 75% reported no drug use
  • improved severity and significant improvements in areas such as drug use, family relationships, peer/social relationships, and psychiatric status

The complete 16-week individualized program includes:

  • a comprehensive, evidence-based therapist's manual
  • reproducible patient handouts in print and on CD-ROM
  • the 12-week family education component
  • three lecture videos: Road Map for Recovery, Triggers and Cravings, and Families in Recovery
  • a free CD-ROM created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 
All print components are packaged in a three-ring binder.


High School - Adult           2005          CD-ROM-4193

High School - Adult
Memo to Self: Protecting Sobriety with the Science of Safety

"Memo to Self: Protecting Sobriety with the Science of Safety" is the new 2016 film from the Institute for Addiction Study by Kevin McCauley on the concepts and practices of Recovery Management. Addiction is a potentially fatal illness – but it is also eminently recoverable. Certain professionals struggling with substance use disorders enjoy phenomenal success rates getting through early sobriety and into long-term remission of their addiction problems. What do they do? And what can we learn from them? In this film, Dr. Kevin McCauley re-lives his own precarious early sobriety – negotiating hazards such as hostile prosecutors, treatment programs with divided loyalties, and his own craving brain. Following the advice of the Addiction Medicine experts who helped him, he replicates the sobriety habits and success of recovering pilots and health care professionals. By framing addiction not as a problem of moral choice but as a safety/risk management challenge, Dr. McCauley explains how recovery is neither rare nor random – with the right kind of support, it can be expected. The film will prove a valuable tool for therapists, counselors, recovery coaches and clinicians to introduce audiences to the concepts and practices of Recovery Management, and for people in early recovery and their families learning how to survive the first year of sobriety.

Adult      86 minutes     2016      DVD-4056

The Neurochemistry of Relapse and Recovery

The reasons that people give up their compulsive use of psychoactive drugs vary, but they almost always include survival. This film explores the phases of recovery; detoxification, initial and long term abstinence and recovery. The neurochemistry of the brain's memory function is explored using compelling animation, providing viewers with new insights. Memories are closely tied to relapse and interviews with recovering addicts and treatment professionals provide a window into the most daunting obstacle to any stage of treatment - relapse. The film focuses on understanding the origin of the craving and learning ways to effectively control them. Recovery is a life-long pursuit and relapse is an insidious specter waiting in the wings to derail the journey. Interviews with people on that journey allow viewers to learn from the real-life stories that are used as a thread throughout the film. The Neurochemistry of Relapse and Recovery presents the "whys" of relapse and the "hows" of remaining clean along with a clear message of hope for those committed to recovery.
Adult             31 min.           2009             DVD-4086

Past These Walls: A Story of Alcohol, Jail and Hope

Video of presentation by comedian Mark Lundholm to jail inmates. Produced by NCADD's Richmond, VA Affiliate, The McShin Foundation. Mark Lundholm is a comedian, motivational speaker and former inmate in long-term recovery.

Adult    53:13 minutes    2008    DVD-4089
The Path to Recovery, v. 3

Discusses common concerns of co-dependents entering treatment: effects of treatment on significant others, spiritual issues, and use of willpower and analytic thinking in overcoming co-depdendency. Discusses common treatment modalities, the importance of groups, letter writing to parents, a personal "bill of rights" to establish boundaries and personal affirmations.
Adult           21 min.            1990           V-46

Post Acute Withdrawal/Recognition, pt. 1

Post Acute Withdrawal (PAW) is caused by the long-term aftereffects of chronic alcohol and drug poisoning on the brain. Many recovering people suffer from PAW and don't know it. In this presentation, recovering people discuss how they came to understand and identify the symptoms of PAW in their own recovery. Aided by these personal experiences Terry Gorski and Jan Black summarize the research on the causes and symptoms of PAW. This presentation is appropriate for use in patient and family treatment programs.

Adult           29 min.           1987         V-411

Recovery Schools: Beacons of Hope

Before I had my Recovery School - I was lost; Out of control
High School - Adult                12 min.         2007           DVD

High School - Adult
Road Map For Recovery, v. 2

Includes facilitator material, lecture notes and handouts (which are also on CD), and three DVDs: Road Map for Recovery, Triggers and Cravings, and Families in Recovery. The Matrix Model is an evidence-based outpatient treatment program with over 20 years of research and development. It was recently tested in the CSAT Methamphetamine Project and is one of the few treatment programs to be endorsed by NIDA.* The comprehensive, multiformat program covers six key clinical areas: individual/conjoint therapy, early recovery, relapse prevention, family education, social support, and urine testing.
Adult              52 min.            2005            DVD-4177

Road Map for Recovery, v. 2

Why do I need to sleep so much? Why do I feel worse than when I was using? Why don't I feel better sooner? The process of recovery can confuse and frustrate patients and their families. This encouraging, informative video presentation could be called "What to Expect When You're Recovering," For teens, young adults, and adults who are facing the challenges of recovery, ROAD MAP FOR RECOVERY helps them to better understand their feelings at every stage of recovery.
High School - Adult             52 min.          2005            DVD-4194

High School - Adult
Set-Up For Relapse

In this video, Michael Johnson addresses the relapse dynamics of the addicted offender. He explains the role of family and peer relationships in association with relapse. How boredom and a lack of activities can serve as a set-up. He will explain how many in recovery have looked at sobriety as a "temporary" experience, only to be engaged in while incarcerated, or on probation and parole. This open, in your face presentation also addresses numerous other pitfalls associated with relapse. Viewer discretion is advised.  PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A DVD OR VHS COPY.
Adult            30 min.           1999              DVD-169

Stages of Family Recovery

For families, the pain of living with a loved one's addiction can lead to shame, secrecy, and isolation. Stages of Family Recovery is an encouraging, empowering video that lets families know they're not alone- and that recovery is possible. Teens, parents, and grandparents share stories of despair and hope, helplessness and optimism. Clinical insights from Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., help families progress through stages of recovery. English & Spanish subtitles
Adult               36 min.          2005                  DVD-515

Twelve Promises: the Rewards of Recovery

12 PROMISES is the second in a series of documentary films about teen recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. This film focuses on early stage sobriety and how to maintain continuous recovery, including the discussion of the promises and rewards of a new sober life. The film features individuals, not actors, who are willing to reveal their personal journey from isolation and despair to connection and hope. Peer to peer communications is the most effective way of telling the TRUTH about young people who face the seemingly insurmountable task of conquering addiction and abuse. The stories of 12 Promises demonstrate compassion and connection as the antidote to abuse, and reveal the ability of those who have walked out of addiction to lead healthy, purposeful lives as members of a supportive community.


High School   24:31 min.     2012    DVD-5035

High School
Twelve: Is There Life After Rehab in Recovery?

Research reveals that by age 12, many of our youth have started experimenting with drugs and alcohol. By age 16, almost twenty percent are drinking and/or using substances to the level of addiction. "TWELVE" is the honest, first person testimonial of surviving those years, and for many, surviving the subsequent years of a misunderstood and debilitating substance abuse battle. "TWELVE" is an emotional, honest and straightforward single story comparing the similarities and problems of so many teens and young adults who firmly believe the life problems and situations they face are theirs and theirs alone where "No one understood" and "No one cared". Eventually the feelings of, "I was so alone that I just wanted to die" are the only solution. But "TWELVE" shows how they are not alone. It shares deeper discoveries by these individuals who learned how they are in fact not different from others at their age, that they are like all of the other young people who struggle with this disease and that recovery is indeed possible. Most importantly, "TWELVE" simply explains that there is a better life in recovery and that the sacrifices of recovery are worth it! Viewer discretion is advised.
High School - Adult            43 min.           2008           DVD-5034


High School - Adult