Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Sustained Change: A Process of Change Perspective

Over the past 20 years there have been important advances in technologies that enhanced the ability to monitor individuals and provide information to better control substance abuse and drinking behaviors. In the short term these technological and scientific advancements have helped to achieve to some extent the goals of protection of society from risk and to support control mechanisms in risk taking individuals who have come into the legal system and received sanctions. The real challenge to any type of imposed change that is administered by others is that once the sanctions are lifted or the time period of active control or reinforcement is expired, the individual has to sustain any changes in behavior without the assistance of sanctions, technology, or extrinsically delivered reinforcers. Relapse or a return to problematic drinking or substance use often occurs once these external controls are lifted. Both the time-limited nature of external control and the difficulty sustaining a behavior change over time require a more in-depth and extensive understanding of the process of intentional behavior change in order to maximize the impact of sanctions and new technological advances. This paper discusses the process of change; stages and tasks of change; the processes of change and their interaction with the stages; and integrating sanctions with the process of change.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 80-86
  • Monograph Title: Countermeasures to Address Impaired Driving Offenders: Toward an Integrated Model. A Symposium, August 15-16, 2011, Beckman Conference Center, Irvine, California
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  • Accession Number: 01492433
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  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 9 2013 10:02AM