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  • The Recovery Spectrum From Self­Change to Seeking Treatment

    Posted on April 11th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Recent innovations in alcohol­focused interventions are aimed at closing the gap between population need and the currently uncommon use of alcohol treatment services. Guided by population data showing the heterogeneity of alcohol problems and the occurrence of natural remissions from problem drinking without treatment, alcohol services have begun to expand beyond clinical treatment to offer the untreated majority of individuals with alcohol­ related problems accessible, less­intensive services that use the tools of public health practice. These services often are opportunistic, meaning they can be provided in primary­ care or other unspecialized health care or community settings. They also can be delivered by nonspecialists, or can be used by people themselves to address problems with alcohol without entering the health care system. This developing spectrum of services includes screening and brief interventions, guided self­change programs, and telehealth options that often are targeted and tailored for high­risk groups (e.g., college drinkers)

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  • THE COMMUNITY REINFORCEMENT APPROACH AN UPDATE OF THE EVIDENCE

    Posted on April 11th, 2011 TimB No comments

    The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), originally developed for individuals with alcohol use disorders, has been successfully employed to treat a variety of substance use disorders for more than 35 years. Based on operant conditioning, CRA helps people rearrange their lifestyles so that healthy, drug­free living becomes rewarding and thereby competes with alcohol and drug use.

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  • The Experience of Recovery from Alcohol/Drugs (AOD)

    Posted on April 10th, 2011 TimB No comments

    The focus of this study is to research the “lived experiences” of participants in bearly recovery from alcohol and/or other drugs.  Understanding such experiences is  important for health professionals in treatment planning and can also provide insight into  relapse prevention.  The insight and knowledge gained from the “lived experiences” of  people in early recovery may help health professionals in formulating better models of  care for individuals in early recovery.

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