Coping-skills training and cue-exposure therapy in the treatment of alcoholism

Citation
Pm. Monti et Dj. Rohsenow, Coping-skills training and cue-exposure therapy in the treatment of alcoholism, ALCOHOL R H, 23(2), 1999, pp. 107-115
Citations number
21
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science
Journal title
ALCOHOL RESEARCH & HEALTH
ISSN journal
1535-7414 → ACNP
Volume
23
Issue
2
Year of publication
1999
Pages
107 - 115
Database
ISI
SICI code
Abstract
Coping-skills training (CST) and cue-exposure treatment (CET) are two relat ively new approaches in alcoholism treatment. With CST, the therapist tries to strengthen the patient's skills in coping with situations associated wi th a high risk of drinking. These skills can be specific to certain high-ri sk situations or involve general social skills. Specific CST treatment appr oaches include relapse prevention training, social or communication skills training, urge-specific coping-skills training, and cognitive-behavioral mo od management training. Several studies have shown that CST can be more eff ective than comparison treatments in improving the outcome (e.g., the frequ ency and severity of relapses) of alcoholic patients. CET exposes the patie nt to alcohol-related cues (e.g, the sight or smell of alcohol), thereby al lowing the patient to practice responses to such cues in real-life situatio ns. In addition, CET teaches a variety of coping skills for dealing with ur ges caused by such cues. Few studies have examined the effectiveness of GET , but the existing results demonstrate favorable treatment outcomes (e.g, r educed drinking severity).