Description — Straight Ahead: Transition Skills for Recovery


About this intervention

This intervention provides substance abuse treatment professionals with a step-by-step curriculum for leading a 10-session workshop designed to reinforce key recovery concepts. The emphasis is on building and enhancing support networks for recovery in the community (12-step, family, friends) and on helping clients improve social skills, problem-solving, and perceptions of self-efficacy that foster recovery maintenance. The intervention provides an easy-to-follow format for leading each 2-hour group session, including lecture notes, exercises and activities, discussion questions, and handouts. Topics covered include:

  • Maintaining recovery efforts
  • Social networks and recovery
  • Finding a support group
  • Family issues
  • Communication and coping skills
  • Managing stress and anger
  • Planning for the future

This intervention was developed as part of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Grant DA06162, Improving Drug Abuse Treatment for AIDS-Risk Reduction (DATAR-Phase 1)

Recommended Citation: Bartholomew, N. G., Simpson, D. D., & Chatham, L. R. (1993). Straight ahead: Transition skills for recovery. Fort Worth: Texas Christian University, Institute of Behavioral Research.

Selected Reference

Simpson, D. D., Joe, G. W., Dansereau, D. F., & Chatham, L. R. (1997). Strategies for improving methadone treatment process and outcomes. Journal of Drug Issues, 27(2), 239-260.  [Abstract]