Relapse in the addictive behaviors: Integration and future directions

Stephen A. Maisto, Gerard J. Connors

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

26 Scopus citations


This paper identifies the major consistencies in substantive and methodological findings across the review papers in this special issue on relapse in the addictive behaviors. The papers were consistent in suggesting that there have been major methodological advances which have helped to move the field forward. Furthermore, the papers show the need for taking a biopsychosocial approach to the study of relapse and the major difficulty across addictive behaviors in creating an acceptable operational definition of relapse. Suggestions for future research directions that follow from the papers include deriving and evaluating relapse definitions, systematically developing and testing models and theories of relapse, and understanding and narrowing the relapse research-clinical practice gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-231
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Psychology Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2006


  • Additive behaviors
  • Clinical practice
  • Relapse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Relapse in the addictive behaviors: Integration and future directions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this