Beacon of Hope

In the 1980’s the LCCS founders were deeply troubled by the demoralizing rate of relapse being suffered by substance addicted adolescents and their families.  They were alarmed by the widespread apathy among treatment providers.   The addiction treatment industry was failing the adolescents in much the same way that it had shortchanged their chronic alcoholic counterparts for generations before and they were using the same explanation … they just are not motivated enough. Unfortunately, the treatment field had come to tolerate such failure with homeless 60 year olds who were drinking themselves to death, but these were kids and something had to be done.

The Leadem’s treatment model sought to offer adolescents and their families the tools they would need to get off the relapse merry-go-round and maintain sustained sobriety.  The residential treatment model they developed was very different than the “professional” wisdom of the time.  Most treatment providers promoted the need to accept that adolescents would most likely relapse and that their loved ones needed to consider relapse as an integral aspect of the recovery process for young addicts.  The model asked much of the adolescents and their families.  What they received in return was a course in treatment that began designing relapse prevention plans before admission and strategies for intervening on individual relapse profiles well before discharge.  The children and their parents left with hope in the recovery process that could intervene on a relapse before they returned to drugs and very positive treatment outcomes were becoming the new normal.

The model was later organized into a course for relapse prevention when the team at LCCS began working with the daunting relapse rates in folks suffering with sex addiction that were largely blamed on a lack of motivation on the part of the addict.  If you have worked with addicts, then you know they don’t lack motivation when pursuing their drug of choice, so there had to be another answer. The Beacon of Hope pillar was designed to provide hope and direction rather than merely consoling the family over their loses and blaming the victim for not taking things seriously.

The Beacon of Hope has emerged as a celebration of the success our adolescent clients taught us was possible.  The links below will introduce you to products and services we have developed to support addicts and their families avoid or quickly recover from relapse in both substance and process addictions.  Resources for treatment professionals share the same pillar because it is our hope that treatment providers and their client systems will become full partners in the recovery process.

We invite you to learn more about each of the services the Beacon of Hope pillar of service offers.


Plotting a Course to Sobriety: A Model for Relapse Prevention©

Our course book, formerly titled An Ounce of Prevention: A Course in Relapse Prevention©, contains our philosophy and model for how to help addicts address and intervene upon relapse.  It was the success of this course that encouraged us to develop all the related services within the Beacon of Hope pillar.  At the core of the model is our belief that relapse is a process, not an event, and as such can be identified, intervened upon and prevented.

To learn more continue to this page: Relapse Prevention Course

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Relapse Prevention Trainings

Several times a year the staff at LCCS work to add community events focussing on Relapse Prevention education and skills training. Here you can view a list of all of our Relapse Prevention Trainings.

To learn about the trainings we offer continue to this pageRelapse Prevention Trainings 

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Relapse Prevention Navigator Certification

If you have worked closely with those threatened with addiction relapse, then you have known the unnecessary pain of relapse.  As a Certified Relapse Prevention Navigator™ (CRPN™), you will feel confident in your ability to help others discern and intervene on their own personal relapse process and be able to expand community outreach and develop a reliable source of income.

To learn more about becoming a CRPN™ please continue to this page: Relapse Prevention Certification

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Creating Sober Waypoints© 

LCCS will design a relapse prevention treatment curriculum, Creating Sober Waypoints©, to meet the clinical needs of your client population and match the clinical expertise of your treatment staff.  The program curriculum can be custom designed or adapted from one of our basic modality specific models and integrated into your existing schedule and course of treatment.

To learn more about these services continue to this page: Creating Sober Waypoints

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Sober Tools

Sober Tools are offered as intervention strategies for interrupting the relapse process. We also offer these as a supplement to section 5 in our course book titled An Ounce of Prevention: A Course in Relapse Prevention. Many have found these tools valuable in gaining in understanding of how maladaptive coping strategies have impacted their life and how to intervene on those strategies.

To learn more about Sober Tools continue to this pageSober Tools

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