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Treating Substance Misuse Disorders with CBT

Treating Substance Misuse Disorders with CBT Cory Newman, PhD If you plan to treat patients suffering from substance misuse disorders, I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news. When people habitually misuse a psychoactive chemical – whether it is alcohol, marijuana, benzodiazepines, stimulants, opioids, hallucinogens, or any other – they typically receive significant, immediate positive reinforcement (e.g., a sense of “high”) as well as powerful, immediate negative…
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Cognitive Versus Exposure Therapy for Problem Gambling: Randomised Controlled Trial.

 Abstract BACKGROUND: Problem gambling-specific cognitive therapy (CT) and behavioural (exposure-based) therapy (ET) are two core cognitive-behavioural techniques to treating the disorder, but no studies have directly compared them using a randomised trial. AIMS: To evaluate differential efficacy of CT and ET for adult problem gamblers at a South Australian gambling therapy service. METHODS: Two-group randomised, parallel design. Primary outcome was rated by participants using the Victorian Gambling Screen (VGS) at…
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From Kafka to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Using Trial-Based Thought Records on Patients with Social Anxiety Disorder

A recent study investigated the efficacy of Trial-Based Thought Records (TBTR) as an alternative to conventional Cognitive Therapy in the treatment of patients with generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).  SAD is the most common form of anxiety disorder and an important target of therapy is the modification of patients’ negative core beliefs.  Based on the idea of “self-accusation” suggested in Kafka’s The Trial, Dr. Irismar Reis de Oliveira devised the…
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy of Anxiety for Terminal Cancer Patients

Patients suffering from terminal cancer are often plagued by anxiety over disease progression, pain, decreased functioning, and death. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) interventions for anxiety are designed to help clients test the reality and functionality of undue worrying. Geer, Park, Prigerson, and Safren (2010) indicate that excessive anxiety may lead to treatment non-adherence, and further diminish quality of life for these patients. The authors propose tailoring CBT to better serve…
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