Discovery, Dropout vs Recov Relapse Prev

Discovery, dropout prevention versus recovery, relapse prevention: doing treatment and change, not doing time - accept

Keynote or Breakout


All drug and treatment court participants are motivated. But what they are motivated for may not be what we think they should be motivated for. This requires that treatment courts should expect participants to do accountable treatment and change rather than just comply with treatment mandates and phases “doing time” in a treatment setting. This presentation will explain the difference between “discovery, dropout prevention” and “recovery, relapse prevention” treatment and use the ACCEPT guidelines to help treatment court teams know what to do when participants have positive drug screens, poor attendance, lie, and other troubling behaviors.


Participants will

  • Identify how to decide which participants need “discovery, dropout prevention” and which ones need “recovery, relapse prevention”.

  • Describe the differences between the two approaches and implications for the treatment court team and pre-court multidisciplinary team meetings.

  • Apply ACCEPT (Assess, Change treatment plan, Check treatment engagement, Expect effort; Policy review to ensure honesty; and Track outcomes in real time) to handle poor outcomes in treatment.