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A Cognitive Behavioural Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction

A Cognitive Behavioural Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction

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    National Institute on Drug Abuse NIH Publication Number 98-4308 Printed April 1998

    A NIDA published manual for therapists

    Kathleen Carroll

    Cognitive-behavioral coping skills treatment (CBT) is a short-term, focused approach to helping cocaine-dependent individuals (In this manual, the term cocaine abuser or cocaine-dependent individual is used to refer to individu- als who meet DSM-IV criteria for cocaine abuse or dependence.) become abstinent from cocaine and other substances. The underlying assumption is that learning processes play an important role in the development and con- tinuation of cocaine abuse and dependence. These same learning processes can be used to help individuals reduce their drug use.
    Very simply put, CBT attempts to help patients recognize, avoid, and cope. That is, RECOGNIZE the situations in which they are most likely to use cocaine, AVOID these situations when appropriate, and COPE more effec- tively with a range of problems and problematic behaviors associated with substance abuse.