Metacognitive therapy for alcohol abuse and dependence

Strodl, Esben, Proctor, Dawn, Kavanagh, David J., & Beames, Lee (2013) Metacognitive therapy for alcohol abuse and dependence. In Caltabiano, Marie & Ricciardelli, Lina (Eds.) Applied Topics in Health Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Chichester, West Sussex, pp. 348-360.

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While the consumption of alcohol has been part of the collective psyche of Australians since colonisation, the overconsumption of alcohol has been and continues to be a significant problem for the Australian community. Currently motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy are seen as the two standard psychological interventions for alcohol abuse and dependence. While these two approaches have shown significant impact on reducing alcohol abuse and dependence, they are not without their limitations. As such there is a need to continue to explore the application of newer developments in psychotherapy to the treatment problematic drinking behaviours. In this chapter we propose that Metacognitive Therapy is one such psychotherapy that is likely to provide a promising new approach to the treatment of alcohol abuse and dependence. In this chapter we will first briefly outline the history and significance of problematic drinking behaviours in Australia. Following this, we will quickly summarise the literature regarding motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy. Next we will provide an outline of the theoretical framework of Metacognitive Therapy and then describe two brief case studies illustrating the application of Metacognitive Therapy to the treatment of alcohol abuse and dependence. From this discussion we propose that the combination of Motivational Interviewing and Metacognitive Therapy is a promising new approach that can provide great assistance for the treatment of alcohol abuse or dependence.

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ID Code: 56678
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: alcohol dependence, metacognitive therapy, alcohol abuse
ISBN: 9781119971931
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2013 02:45
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 14:42

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