Medicine and Health Sciences
Cognitive-behavioral treatments (CBT) are among the most popular interventions offered for alcohol and other substance use disorders, but it is not clear how they achieve their effects. CBT is purported to exert its beneficial effects by altering coping skills, but data supporting coping changes as the mechanism of action are mixed. The purpose of this pilot study was to test a treatment in which coping skills were trained in a highly individualized way, allowing us to determine if such training would result in an effective treatment. Conclusions The IATP approach was more successful than PCBT at training adaptive coping responses for use in situations presenting high-risk for drinking. The highly individualized IATP approach may prove to be an effective treatment strategy for alcohol dependent patients.
Litt, Mark D.; Kadden, Ronald M.; and Kabela-Cormier, Elise, "Individualized Assessment and Treatment Program for Alcohol Dependence: Results of an Initial Study to Train Coping Skills" (2009). Articles - Research. Paper 44.