186462 - Relapse Prevention and Management
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The aim of the Relapse Prevention and Management module is to provide medical practioners with the knowledge to assist their patients to prevent and manage relapse to alcohol and other drug use.Relevance to General Practice
In the substance use field, some form of relapse is considered the norm rather than the exception. Since withdrawal management reduces the level of tolerance to the substance, if an individual returns to their former level of substance use without the level of physical tolerance, they have a higher risk of overdose and even death.
As a medical practitioner, preparing patients for risk of lapses may help to prevent a full relapse to the previous levels of substance use. The understanding of pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacotherapy (e.g. healthy routines, urge surfing, challenging of negative thoughts) methods of relapse prevention is useful.
There are also special considerations in relapse prevention and relapse management when there are complicating factors of polysubstance use, co-occurring mental health conditions and disadvantaged populations.
The Relapse Prevention and Management e-learning module is designed to improve a medical practitioner’s knowledge and confidence about rel
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
Comprehensive and holistic management plans are developed collaboratively
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices
D4. Professional and ethical role
Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
- Addiction medicine