Tristram Jones PhD,James N. Sells PhD &Mark Rehfuss PhD
Pages 389-408 | Published online: 02 Oct 2009
This descriptive survey, designed to ascertain frequencies of relapse among drug and alcohol counselors recovering from addictions to alcohol and/other drugs studied 657 male, 580 female, and 2 transsexual professionals ranging from 18 to more than 70 years of age. The 20-item instrument was administered online. A total of 1,239 usable responses were received, documenting an overall relapse rate of 37.777%. Discussion of this figure is offered with tables enumerating responses. Outlines for further research are suggested. Conclusions include the assertion that overall relapse rates approaching 38% mandate a reassessment of relapse within the addictions profession itself and the development of policies promoting destigmatization and enlightened intervention among practitioners.