Fire Extinguisher Model

The Relapse Prevention Model for Addiction
and Compulsive Disorders


The Relapse Prevention
Model for Addiction and
Compulsive Disorders

In Brad Haber’s 30 years of working with addiction in various levels of care and treatment modalities, he has seen clients who relapse even after numerous treatment attempts and continually fail to maintain their sobriety. It just seemed that there was something else happening in this pattern of relapse that occurred even with all their most sincere and committed efforts. Despite attending numerous Treatment Programs, Counseling, Support Group and 12-Step Meetings, Smart Recovery, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, changing “People, Places and Things”, and Religion and Spirituality, they were still plagued by relapse. This scenario became so puzzling to Brad that he began to search for the reason for this confounding situation. When he began his studies and training in hypnosis, he realized that the factor that goes beyond their recovery knowledge, determination, and support existed in the subconscious memories of the rewarding experiences of their substance use. Brad was then able to identify the two primary motives driving addiction which were the memory of Pleasure and/or the Relief from Painful Experiences (Emotional, Psychological, or Physical).

By gaining this understanding, he developed a technique called the “Fire Extinguisher” that can interrupt impulsive behavior and empower the client to resist and avoid relapse. The Fire Extinguisher is a Model of Relapse Prevention for addiction and compulsive disorders. It is a model and technique that uses a combination of psychological theories, such as: Reality, Rational Emotive, Motivational Enhancement, and Cognitive Behavioral therapies. It is constructed within the Existential Theory which uses the patient’s positive and negative motivations related to their actual Pleasurable and Painful experiences to make their recovery decisions.

In addition, it also uses NLP and Hypnotic suggestions to reinforce its effectiveness and the probability that the patient use it. It has helped hundreds of Brad’s patients avoid relapse and protect their fragile and sometimes tenuous commitment to abstinence and their motivation to avoid further painful and negative consequences.

Empower your Clients to Succeed in Recovery!

If you would like to learn how to effectively teach this technique to your clients, Brad has designed a 3 CEU training workshop that explains and demonstrates the dynamics and method of the presentation.


For additional information, please contact Brad Haber at (954) 261-5901

The Fire Extinguisher Model and all information contained herein is copyrighted by Brad Haber, LCSW, CAP © 2020

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