Psychosocial Treatments

Psychosocial Treatments

Psychosocial Treatments

Psychosocial Treatments

Synopsis

The editors of this volume have assembled recent articles discussing elements of each of the several commonly used psychosocial interventions -- including relapse prevention therapy, community reinforcement, voucher-based programs, self-help therapies, and motivational enhancement therapy--in addition to research-based articles that demonstrate the efficacy of these approaches. The selections in this book will provide the reader with a broad overview of the field as well as the specific information needed to use these therapies in a variety of clinical settings.

Excerpt

This book is the third in the series of Key Readings in Addiction Psychiatry and follows texts that summarize pharmacotherapies for addiction and the treatment of dual disorders. the focus of this book is on current psychosocial therapies utilized in the treatment of substance use disorders.

The field of addiction psychiatry has made substantial strides through the last decade with the development of several psychosocial interventions that have been shown in controlled research studies to have efficacy in the treatment of addiction. This book contains key articles that provide a discussion of the elements of each of several commonly used psychosocial interventions in the treatment of substance use disorders. the goal of inclusion of these articles was to provide a concise but comprehensive text that would give the practitioner information necessary to understand the theory underpinning psychotherapeutic interventions and the necessary tools and references needed for the practitioner to implement these therapies in practice. in addition, articles summarizing research data showing efficacy of psychosocial interventions have been included so that the reader can evaluate the available therapies and make informed decisions regarding whether a particular therapy might be utilized in his or her practice.

The major areas of psychosocial intervention for the treatment of addictive disorders supported by research data collected in controlled trials include relapse prevention therapy, community reinforcement, voucher-based programs, self-help therapies, and motivational enhancement therapy. These interventions vary in approach to the substance-using patient and range from techniques designed to assist individuals in understanding the components of substance use unique to them and developing interventions designed to curtail drug and alcohol use, to programs based on discouraging drug/alcohol-using

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