Brain versus brawn. How good are therapeutic Comparing cognitive and communities for drug behavioural treatment addicts? This is a welcome comparative study of two of Group therapy is much more accepted and the most popular treatment modalities for understood than often maligned therapeutic concurrent alcohol dependence and panic communities (TCs) for treating addictions. disorder with agoraphobia. Associated with the hippy movement in the The study compares a 10-session behavioural sixties and failed experiments in Holland and treatment programme (BT) with a similar Denmark, therapeutic communities may still cognitive treatment programme (CT). The BT prove useful in treating large groups of people for consisted of five sessions treating alcohol long periods of time. dependence and five sessions treating panic In this new study, the effectiveness of TCs disorder with agoraphobia. The CT was a 10- among 167 heroin addicts from three session cognitive treatment (CT) that addressed communities in Israel is explored. The study the dysfunctional cognitions, mediating the looks at drug use 15 months on from leaving the alcohol problem and anxiety symptoms. community and the contribution of socio- There were no group differences in frequency demographic characteristics, time in community, or quantity of alcohol consumption or in anxiety
Drugs and Alcohol Today – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2004
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