This Home Study course provides you with a guided set of learning activities that provide high quality content, linked to research and other related academic work, along with access to Gorski-CENAPS Faculty. It affords you the opportunity of completing the course at your own pace. The cost of this course is $18.00 Participants will earn 1 Continuing Education credit hour upon successful completion.


  1. Register for the course. Upon payment, you are automatically enrolled in the course.
  2. Read course text thoroughly.
  3. Complete the Continuing Education Test by answering the questions included at the end of the course.
  4. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of completion (emailed and available through your account) with your Continuing Education credits/clock hours.  



If you are a new user your information will be collected at checkout for your account. You will receive a welcome email with the easy steps to get going on your course.  Returning users can log in to their account and select the course.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this homestudy course, the participant will be able to:

  • erstand there are many mistaken beliefs about relapse.

  • Teach clients that recovering persons need to be aware of the warning signs of relapse.

  • 3. Explain that chronic relapses are NOT hopeless because they are incapable of recovery.

  • 4. Understand that successful recovery from addiction requires continued abstinence from the time of commitment to sobriety through the rest of their life.

Course Description

Many addicts relapse because they don’t know the facts. They accept ideas about relapse that aren’t true. This home study course offers addiction professionals an understanding and descriptions about the most common misconceptions about relapse and explains the dangers of accepting and living by them.   The required reading material “Mistaken Belief About Relapse” can be read quickly and easily and is a valuable aid for helping clients.

Bibliography: This course was developed by Terence T. Gorski and based on the publication Mistaken Beliefs About Relapse .


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Course curriculum

    1. Overview

    1. Mistaken Belief #1: If you stop addictive use for a while and then begin using again, you have relapsed.

    2. Mistaken Belief #2: Relapse comes on suddenly and without warning.

    3. Mistaken Belief #3: As long as you do not use alcohol or drugs you are recovering.

    4. Mistaken Belief #4: Relapse occurs because addicts drop out of treatment or stop going to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

    5. Mistaken Belief #5: Recovering persons will he consciously aware of the warning signs of relapse.

    6. Mistaken Belief #6: Once addictive people are consciously aware of the warning signs of relapse; they can choose to take action to make them go away.

    7. Mistaken Belief #7: Relapse can be avoided by willpower and self-discipline.

    8. Mistaken Belief #8: People who relapse are not motivated to recover.

    9. Mistaken Belief #9: When people relapse if means that they have not hit bottom yet and that they need more pain.

    10. Mistaken Belief #10: The only way to stay sober is to let other people attack you and tear you down so that you will give up an of your defenses.

    11. Mistaken Belief #11: If you do not maintain sobriety, it is because you have not worked the recovery program made available to you in treatment because current treatment methods are 100 percent effective.

    12. Mistaken Belief #12: Those who relapse over and over again are hopeless because they are "constitutionally incapable" of recovery.

    13. Mistaken Belief #13: Thinking about relapse will bring it about.

    14. Mistaken Belief #14: There are "positive addictions" that can be substituted for negative addictions to promote comfortable and meaningful sobriety.

    15. Mistaken Belief #15: Any episode of addictive use will result in immediate and total loss of control for anyone who has been addicted.

    16. Mistaken Belief #16: Once you begin using it is impossible for you to interrupt your relapse before you have "hit bottom'' again.

    17. Mistaken Belief #17: Successful recovery from addiction requires continuous abstinence from the time of the initial commitment to sobriety.

    18. Completion Test

    19. Course Evaluation

About this course

  • $18.00
  • 1 CE credit hour
  • No additional course materials

Senior Instructor Roland Williams

Roland Williams, MA, MAC, LAADC, ACRPS, NCACII, CADCII, SAP Gorski-CENAPS President/CEO and Director of Training Roland began with CENAPS in 1990 and is an internationally certified Addictions Counselor. He was personally mentored by Terry Gorski to teach RPT. He has worked world-wide as a counselor, interventionist, lecturer, trainer, teacher, author and consultant specializing in addiction related issues working in substance abuse treatment since 1986. As a consultant he has assisted many treatment centers to develop world class addiction treatment protocols as well as to create clinical treatment models.