Relapse Prevention

A series of bespoke sessions tailored for individuals with a minimum of four weeks’ abstinence from active addiction.

These sessions are delivered weekly online via secure video conferencing or face to face. You can access one particular session or the entire programme. Sessions last 60 minutes.

Learn more about Relapse Prevention focussing on practical issues

Do you want to increase your understanding of how relapse can occur by overlooking or discounting important issues?

Could it be beneficial for you to consider how your own core beliefs about addiction and addiction relapse can hinder your recovery?

Sessions will consider the links between behaviours, resistance to change and relapse.

Relapse Prevention Topics

  • Community reinforcement/burning bridges/lifestyle changes
  • Defence mechanisms
  • Denial – Role in relapse and quality of recovery
  • Reservations in recovery
  • Seemingly irrelevant decisions (SIDS)
  • Managing relationships in recovery – problems/pitfalls
  • Cross-addiction/types of addiction
  • Effect of early attachment on addiction
  • Role of diet and sugar in relapse prevention
  • Unhelpful thinking styles
  • Boundaries – what, why, when, how?
  • Intro to DBT for relapse prevention
  • PAWS – post acute withdrawal syndrome
  • An introduction to addiction neuroscience
  • How our past influences our present

Learning Objectives

Here is what you will learn when you register for Relapse Prevention:

  • The difference between abstinence and recovery
  • The important factors in relapse
  • Emotional sobriety – what, why, how
  • Denial – The capacity of addicts/alcoholics/those with behavioral addictions for denial
  • How to spot relapse behaviours and anticipate pitfalls

Call Jacqueline on 07542 800689


These sessions are interactive and supportive

There will be an expectation that participants are familiar with addiction from an individual perspective: ie, in recovery from addiction (minimum four weeks’ abstinent)

Jacqueline Colligan, BA (Hons), MSc, Dip Couns. MBACP

Counselling & Psychotherapy

I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist, trained in London, educated to Masters Degree level, and a professionally registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

Originally, I worked in Behavioural Healthcare Science and Organisational Psychology as a Public Health Academic, lecturing and researching at Newcastle University Medical School and on the University of Durham MBA Programme. As a result, I have authored numerous academic papers on changing health behaviours, and have several high ranking publications in these fields of study.

Where I have worked, and my specialisms

Where I’ve Worked

I have worked across several organisations including the NHS, Prison Services, Community Drug and Alcohol Services, charitable and private agencies, and private rehab clinics.

I have also been a key member of Heal for Life over the past five years which helps clients heal from trauma and abuse. More recently, I have been featured on TV’s ‘The Woman Show’ live as an invited expert, answering questions and giving support on sexual issues and sex addiction.

Currently, I do sessional work in London City & Greater London, Tynemouth (NE30), Newcastle upon Tyne and Online.

  • all addictions
  • anxiety disorders
  • personality disorders
  • depression
  • anger
  • trauma
  • relationship counselling.

Also, I have specialist expertise in:

  • cults
  • post-cult counselling
  • dissociative disorders and
  • factitious disorders.

Training, qualifications & experience.

I have worked as a successful academic in the field of behaviour change with several high ranked publications. Practising within a humanistic and psychodynamic perspective, I am trained in group therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and one-to-one therapy. I also have a specialist interest in behaviour change, addiction and trauma.

Educated to Masters Degree level, and I hold individual membership with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

● BA (Hons) 2:1 Anthropology & Epidemiology. University of Newcastle. 1983.
● MSc Behavioural Healthcare Science. University of Newcastle. 2001.
● Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (L4). Lambeth College London. 2012 to 2015.
● DBT Training. 12 week intensive with US Trainers. 2015. UKAT Training.
● Certificate in Dealing with Distress, Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation. Carolyn Spring Training. June 2020.
● Certificate in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. June 2020
● Addictions Therapist. Open Road, Essex. 2014 to 2015
● Addictions Therapist. Sanctuary Lodge, Essex. 2015 to 2017
● Addiction Therapist. Promis, Kent 2017 to 2020

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Call 07542 800689 or email me at [email protected]

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