Relapse Prevention Therapy with Chemically Dependent Criminal Offenders: An Executive Briefing for Judges and Policymakers

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This manual provides an executive briefing for state alcohol and drug abuse treatment directors, judges, legislators, and treatment and criminal justice system program planners, administrators, and directors. It contains relevant statistics on the incidence of relapse and the relationship between alcohol and drug abuse and the return to criminal behavior. It briefly overviews the relapse prevention principles and procedures used in The Relapse Prevention Workbook for the Criminal Offender. It explains why relapse prevention programs are useful in preventing recidivism to criminal behaviors and builds a strong case for making relapse-prevention programs readily available within the criminal justice system.