Applied Cognitive and Behavioural Approaches to the Treatment of Addiction. A Practical Treatment Guide

  • ID: 2325736
  • Book
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Applied Cognitive and Behavioural Approaches to the Treatment of Addiction: A Practical Treatment Guide offers practicing clinicians a guide to incorporating the latest cognitive and behavioural interventions in the treatment of their clients′ substance use problems. Developed from several years of collective experience in clinical practice and work with relevant staff groups, this book reveals how such approaches can facilitate a deeper understanding of substance misuse in patients.

It provides a comprehensive set of treatment interventions, including strategies to help clients manage their emotions without recourse to drugs and alcohol. A structured approach to treatment is also described – from assessment to formulation – and shows how cognitive approaches can be used to enhance motivation for change and assist with clients′ engagement in therapy.

Above all, this book reveals how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is invaluable in enabling clients not just to stop drug and alcohol use, but to to make the necessary changes that are vital to the success of sustaining this recovery. The techniques outlined are recommended for the specialist practitioner in the field of addiction, as well as for mental health professionals working in primary care, mental health secondary care, or private practice.

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About the Authors.



List of Abbreviations.


Chapter 1 Introduction to CBT for Substance Use Problems.

Chapter 2 Cognitive and Motivational Theories of Addiction.

Chapter 3 Fundamentals of Treatment.

Chapter 4 Enhancing Motivation to Change.

Chapter 5 Assessment and Introducing CBT to Clients.

Chapter 6 Formulation.

Chapter 7 Introduction to Substance–related Cognitions and Interventions.

Chapter 8 A Basic Framework for Working with Substance–related Beliefs.

Chapter 9 Additional Techniques to Facilitate Cognitive Change.

Chapter 10 Behavioural Experiments.

Chapter 11 Behavioural Interventions.

Chapter 12 Working with Emotions.

Chapter 13 CBT and Pathways to Recovery.



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In conclusion, this is a ground–breaking book that provides a comprehensive overview of the use of CBT with clients with addiction difficulties.  It would be a useful guide for clinicians of varied experience looking to provide a first–rate CBT treatment for clients with addiction difficulties.   (Journal of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 2012)

"A particuular strength of the book is the easily palatable and tasty mix of theory and practice; this is the result of a joing production by six psychologists with over 60 years′ combined experience of working with people addicted to substances." (The Psychiatrist, 1 April 2011)

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