Couples Therapy for Alcohol Use Problems : A Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program Therapist Guide: A Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program Therapist Guide

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This therapist guide outlines a treatment program for couples wherein one partner has an alcohol use disorder. Based on the principles of CBT, this 12-session couples-focused program is designed not only to help the drinking partner stop drinking, but also to help his or her partner change behaviors that may contribute to the drinker's problem. Another aim of treatment is to enhance the couple's relationship.TreatmentsThatWorkTM represents the gold standard of behavioral healthcare interventions!
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Chapter 1 Introductory Information for Therapists
Chapter 2 Clinical Issues in Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy ABCT
Chapter 3 Assessing Alcohol Use and Problems
Introduction Rationale SelfRecording
Functional Analysis Noticing Positive Behavior
HighRisk Hierarchy Partner Functional Analysis Part I SelfManagement Plans
Partner Functional Analysis Part II Enhancing Motivation to Change
Dealing With Urges Decreasing Partner Triggers
Drink Refusal Communication Part II
Partner Role in Drink Refusal Communication Part III Relapse Prevention Part I
Problem Solving Relapse Prevention Part II
Relapse Prevention Part III Acceptance Framework
Review Relapse Prevention Part IV
Drinking Patterns Questionnaire
About the Authors

Rearranging Behavioral Consequences Shared Activities
Dealing With AlcoholRelated Thoughts Communication Part I

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About the author (2008)

Barbara McCrady is Professor II at the Center of Alcohol Studies and Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Elizabeth Epstein is an Associate Research Professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University.

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