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Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 41


Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); .
Report No.: (SMA) 05-3991

This TIP, Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy, presents an overview of the role and efficacy of group therapy in substance abuse treatment planning. The goal of this TIP is to offer the latest research and clinical findings and to distill them into practical guidelines for practitioners of group therapy modalities in the field of substance abuse treatment. The TIP describes effective types of group therapy and offers a theoretical basis for group therapy’s effectiveness in the treatment of substance use disorders. This work also will be a useful guide to supervisors and trainers of beginning counselors, as well as to experienced counselors. Finally, the TIP is meant to provide researchers and clinicians with a guide to sources of information and topics for further inquiry.


This publication was produced by The CDM Group, Inc. (CDM) under the Knowledge Application Program (KAP) contract number 270‐99‐7072 with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Suggested citation:

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 41. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 05‐3991. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2005.

The opinions expressed herein are the views of the Consensus Panel members and do not necessarily reflect the official position of CSAT, SAMHSA, or DHHS. No official support of or endorsement by CSAT, SAMHSA, or DHHS for these opinions or for particular instruments, software, or resources described in this document are intended or should be inferred. The guidelines in this document should not be considered substitutes for individualized client care and treatment decisions.

Bookshelf ID: NBK64220PMID: 22514847


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