Recovery vs Relapse; The Process to Sobriety

Due to extraordinary demand, we have closed registration for this event.
Fri, 10/25/2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am | 2 CEUs
Barbara Mardigian , LPC
Deputy Clinical Director
Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program
The Pavilion At Williamsburg Place
5483 Mooretown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188


Recovery from substance use is not a onetime deal and requires daily practice and understand of the many behavioral and emotional changes required to sustain long term recovery. There is a myth that relapse is “just a part” of recovery, and relapse does not have to be. Some believe that recovery is the ending of substance use, but it is much more. We will explore these differences during this lecture series.


Participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate the behaviors between relapse and recovery
  • Understand relapse, and the relapse process
  • Review the moral vs disease model of addiction
  • Review Gorski relapse model, understanding the stages.

About the Speaker

Barbara is currently the Deputy Clinical Director at Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. This program specializes in monitoring, assessing and referring impaired judges and lawyers. Barbara was formerly the Executive Director for Family Counseling Center for Recovery/Radford office in Richmond, Va. This is an intensive outpatient treatment program that offers MAT and Suboxone services as well as and IOP for adults and adolescents and a full continuum of care. She has worked at the Farley Center in the professionals program as the lead clinician from 2010-2016, and is a graduate of VCU with her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling specializing in drug and alcohol education. Barbara is an LPC since 2004 and has worked in the field of addiction for her entire career, including working in a variety of settings including private practice, residential treatment and Intensive Outpatient treatment.