Cognitive behavioral therapy for substance use disorders

TitleCognitive behavioral therapy for substance use disorders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMcHugh, KR, Hearon, BA, Otto, MW
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
PublisherElsevier Science
Place PublishedNetherlands
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0193-953X
Accession Number2010-14513-006. First Author & Affiliation: McHugh, R. Kathryn
Keywordscognitive behavior therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Contingency management, Drug abuse, drugs, motivational interviewing, psychoactive substances, Relapse prevention, Substance use disorders

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for substance use disorders has shown efficacy as a monotherapy and as part of combination treatment strategies. This article provides a review of the evidence supporting the use of CBT, clinical elements of its application, novel treatment strategies for improving treatment response, and dissemination efforts. Although CBT for substance abuse is characterized by heterogeneous treatment elements such as operant learning strategies, cognitive and motivational elements, and skills-building interventions, across protocols several core elements emerge that focus on overcoming the powerfully reinforcing effects of psychoactive substances. These elements, and support for their efficacy, are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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