Phase 4: Vigilance

Goal – To determine specific triggers that can lead to relapse and develop a solid relapse prevention plan


In this phase, Participants are asked to identify specific people, places, and things that pose a threat to their Recovery.  Participants are led through a series of exercises designed to help them understand the relapse process, identify personal relapse triggers, and develop an action plan to avoid relapse.  Participants will learn that, relapse plans need updating and revising regularly.

With the help of the team, Participants will develop a crisis plan.  The Participants will consider the leading causes of relapse, identifying patters, and building wellness.

This phase includes activities [modular learning, movies, and other activities]

  • Academic Learning [Individual and or Group Work]
  • Trigger/Cravings and Coping with Boredom [Modular Learning]
  • Introduction to 12 Step Overview [Modular Learning]
  • Valley Chart [Modular Learning]
  • Ideal Family [Modular Learning]
  • Boundaries [Modular Learning]
  • Cross Addiction [Modular Learning]
  • Defense Mechanisms [Modular Learning]
  • Cognitive Distortions [thought blockers, memory/stinking thinking] [Modular Learning]
  • Physical Recreation Activities [Internal or External]
  • Cultural Activities [Internal or External]
  • AA Meeting [External]
  • NA Meeting [Internal]


When Participants transition from this phase of the Healing and Recovery model they have an increased awareness of what it takes to succeed in recovery and what exactly can threaten their Healing and Recovery Journey plan.

Participants will develop a list of relapse triggers that are specific to their lifestyle, personality, and history.  They will then develop a relapse prevention plan that addresses these triggers and provides strategies to avoid relapse.


Possible Outcomes


  • Develop and practice healthy boundaries
  • List of key sober supports and community resources
  • Identify healthy attitudes, behaviours, environment, interpersonal and spiritual triggers, and mechanism to deal with relapse
  • Preventing and managing crises
  • Able to identify warning signs and utilize early intervention skills
  • Strategies to self-manage and use alternatives
  • Ability to seek and accept help and extra supports
  • Understand progression of addictions

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