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Campus Only Senior Thesis


AUD affects millions of individuals around the world. Although the existing literature on recovery from alcoholism is extensive, young adults face unique circumstances that have implications on how they are treated and if they can successfully manage their drinking in the future. The present study explores the question of how effective relapse prevention is for this particular population. This study will evaluate the hypothesis that young adults who have completed a relapse prevention program will be able to stay sober or use moderately. Furthermore, young adults that participate in a treatment geared towards relapse prevention will have more positive attitudes towards their recovery program, and fewer relapses compared to young adults who have not. Participants are aged 18 through 26, who have been previously involved with a rehabilitation facility or sober-living community. The recovering alcoholics will be asked to remain in the treatment program they are in, which will be categorized based on its inclusion or exclusion of relapse prevention. Each month participants will be asked to complete a survey about their experiences, which will be recorded and compiled into a final data set. There will be statistically significant results supporting the hypotheses that treatment programs that integrate relapse prevention increases positive outcomes for alcoholics. This work has important ramifications on how we treat recovering addicts who have the majority of their lives still ahead of them.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.