Our patients engage in comprehensive relapse prevention focused treatment with trained staff members. Early recognition and identification of relapse signs and behaviors are crucial to preventing relapse. Unfortunately, for many addicts and alcoholics early in recovery, relapse is a serious danger. Many of our patients have experienced relapses that have had a destructive impact on their lives and the lives of their families because they were never offered comprehensive relapse prevention treatment prior to enrolling in treatment at Grace’s Way Recovery. Without proper treatment or prevention, relapse in early recovery can lead to emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual consequences that harm the addict or alcoholic and their loved ones. Unfortunately, relapse is often fatal. Because of this, relapse prevention addiction treatment services are a vital component of effective treatment and proves to be an invaluable tool for many recovering addicts and alcoholics. While patients are in treatment at Grace’s Way Recovery, we strive to focus on relapse prevention and to provide our patients with all of the tools they need to avoid a relapse once they complete treatment. At Grace’s Way Recovery, our clinical staff is trained and experienced in the use of a pioneering relapse prevention methods developed by world-renowned substance abuse expert Terry Gorski.

Relapse Prevention at Grace’s Way Recovery

Terry Gorski is an internationally known figure, recognized predominantly for his major contributions to the field of substance abuse treatment. He is best known for his impact on the world of relapse and prevention.

TerryGorskiIn fact, the program of treatment and recovery that he personally developed is recognized by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) as one of the top three “best known and most respected treatment approaches in the United States”, classed with the treatment methods used at Hazelden and The Betty Ford Clinic.

Mr. Gorski has been teaching the GORSKI-CENAPS Model and Relapse Prevention Therapy for years, and those who have been exposed to his teachings have experienced overwhelming and undeniable results. At Grace’s Way Recovery, we are extremely proud to announce that all of our staff members are ACRPS – Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialists. This means that they have been thoroughly trained by Mr. Gorski himself, and are well versed in his revolutionary teachings. Due to this training, our staff members are exceedingly competent in the realm of relapse prevention. Our patients benefit enormously from this training; each patient at Grace’s Way Recovery has access to classes and groups that utilize Mr. Gorski’s effective relapse prevention program.


The GORSKI-CENAPS model of addiction treatment was developed in the 1970s and has been used successfully in treating substance abuse ever since. The model incorporates many aspects of effective treatments, such as psychotherapy, but is mainly focused on identification of relapse risk factors and comprehensive relapse prevention. The principle upon which the GORSKI-CENAPS model is based is the idea that a patient’s relapse risk is based on many factors, including interpersonal relationships, coping mechanisms, emotional state, cravings, personal motivations, sense of self and self-efficacy, and perception of outcomes. This view of relapse is different than the idea that relapse is caused specifically by triggers. While alternate relapse prevention models may focus only on eliminating triggers or teaching patients to cope with them, the GORSKI-CENAPS model addresses all of the factors listed above in order to provide the patient the best chance of avoiding relapse and achieving long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol. In treatment, clinicians will assess a patient’s status with regard to all of these factors, develop an individual treatment plan to address each component, and work with the patient to develop a healthier state of being in a holistic sense. For example, the GORSKI-CENAPS model asserts that a patient with a good sense of self-efficacy, or belief in their ability to succeed at a given task, will result in a decreased risk of relapse. When a therapist identifies that a patient struggles with the belief that they are capable of successfully completing a task, such as recovering from addiction, they may work with that patient to build self-esteem and to accomplish daily tasks that will boost their self-efficacy. Throughout treatment, each patient being treated with the GORSKI-CENAPS model of relapse prevention at Grace’s Way Recovery will have an individualized treatment plan that factors in their history, goals, motivations, and lifestyle, so that they have a better chance of maintaining long-term sobriety in their lives outside of treatment.

Relapse Prevention Techniques Used throughout Addiction Treatment Services

Under the GORSKI-CENAPS model of relapse prevention, patients will be treated with a variety of methods designed to support them in their recovery. these methods may vary based on patients’ individual needs, but may include:

  • Individual talk therapy- individual counseling sessions give patients a chance to process their emotions in a private, safe setting, and allow clinicians to evaluate patient needs and progress to create a more effective treatment plan
  • Group therapy- this method allows for the development of interpersonal skills and accountability among group members, both of which work positively to prevent the risk of relapse in patients. Treatment professionals have found that the group dynamic facilitates self-esteem through constructive feedback, which also helps prevent relapse in patients.
  • Work on triggers and coping mechanisms- helping patients to identify triggers for relapse and develop coping mechanisms to deal with those triggers is a vital aspect of relapse prevention. At Grace’s Way, therapists work with patients to develop individual coping regimens to help each patient develop healthy patterns of dealing with emotional distress.
  • Implementation of the 12 step model- 12 step models of recovery help patients to cope with negative emotional states and build sober support networks, two factors that can help to prevent relapse. 12 step models also help patients to understand the outcomes and consequences of drug and alcohol use, which is also a vital part of the GORSKI-CENAPS model of relapse prevention.

At Grace’s Way Recovery, we understand that relapse prevention must be comprehensive and individualized for each patient. By implementing the GORSKI-CENAPS Model and employing staff that is trained in relapse prevention techniques, we ensure that our patients have access to the most effective relapse prevention methods. At Grace’s Way, long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is possible for every individual who seeks help.