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Am J Psychiatry. 2005 Aug;162(8):1452-60.

Behavioral therapies for drug abuse.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, 950 Campbell Ave. (151D), West Haven, CT 06519, USA.


The past three decades have been marked by tremendous progress in behavioral therapies for drug abuse and dependence, as well as advances in the conceptualization of approaches to development of behavioral therapies. Cognitive behavior therapy, contingency management, couples and family therapy, and a variety of other types of behavioral treatment have been shown to be potent interventions for several forms of drug addiction, and scientific progress has also been greatly facilitated by the articulation of a systematic approach to the development, evaluation, and dissemination of behavioral therapies. The authors review recent progress in strategies for the development of behavioral therapies for drug and alcohol abuse and dependence and discuss the range of effective behavioral therapies that are currently available.

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