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Couples Therapy for Substance Abuse

A new book, “Behavioral Couples Therapy for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse,” informs and guides readers on a new approach to address substance abuse. The therapy focuses on both substance use and relationship issues and is compatible with 12-step substance abuse approaches commonly used in community treatment programs.

“Behavior couples therapy is probably the most effective treatment available for dealing with substance abuse, but until now there hasn’t been a definitive guide on how to conduct this intervention,” said William Fals-Stewart, Ph.D., RTI International researcher and co-author of the book.

The book, written by Fals-Stewart and Timothy O’Farrell, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, provides readers with all the materials needed to introduce and implement behavior couples therapy programs and work with substance abusers and their partners to improve their relationships and reduce relapse risk.

“Because of its clear effectiveness, behavior couples therapy is becoming more widely used in community substance abuse treatment programs,” Fals-Stewart said. “Behavior couples therapy has been shown time and time again to be more effective than traditional individual-based addiction treatments, resulting in fewer days of alcohol and drug use and higher relationship satisfaction.”

The book will serve as a guide for practitioners, educators, researchers, and social workers who want to implement behavior couples therapy programs.

The book also includes a session-by-session treatment manual with 70 reproducible checklists, forms and client education posters.

“Behavioral Couples Therapy for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse,” is published by Guilford Press.

Source: RTI International

Couples Therapy for Substance Abuse

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Couples Therapy for Substance Abuse. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 26, 2019, from
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