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Manualized treatment for substance abusers with personality disorders: Dual focus schema therapy

Manualized treatment for substance abusers with personality disorders: Dual focus schema therapy

  1. BitterSweet
    Samuel A. Ball, Manualized treatment for substance abusers with personality disorders: Dual focus schema therapy, Addictive Behaviors, Volume 23, Issue 6, November–December 1998, Pages 883-891, ISSN 0306-4603, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0306-4603(98)00067-7.
    (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306460398000677)

    Abstract
    The presence of an untreated personality disorder may be associated with worse compliance and outcome in substance abuse treatment. Therapeutic attention to the symptoms of personality disorder may reduce the severity of substance abuse and other Axis I symptoms which potentially contribute to relapse. A 24-week manual-guided individual cognitive-behavioral therapy approach has been developed that integrates relapse prevention with targeted intervention for early maladaptive schemas (enduring negative beliefs about oneself, others, and events) and coping styles. This Dual Focus Schema Therapy is being compared to 12-Step Drug Counseling for opioid-dependent individuals with personality disorders in an ongoing study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This article reviews Young’s (1994) schema-focused theory and approach and summarizes the treatment manual, which integrates relapse prevention for substance abuse.