Dr. Claudia Black brings a new insight and overview to the issues of relapse. Claudia begins by using an analogy - that of the sinking of the Titanic and the loss of its passengers. Of the more than 2200 people aboard, 1513 would perish. This was the ship that was unsinkable and, even as the ship was going down, people assumed that they were in no immediate danger.
In telling this story to a group in early recovery, if they were to put themselves aboard that ship, most would be certain that they would be in the group that was saved. It is commonly stated that as many as 70% of all chemically dependent people who attempt to stop drinking or using, will experience relapse, and often more than once.
Claudia uses stories and electronic graphics to underline key points that deal with understanding and preventing relapse.
The four "icebergs" that can sink recovery are identified as:
- FEAR OF FEELINGS