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Medicine and Health Sciences


Cognitive-behavioral treatments (CBT) are among the most popular interventions offered for alcohol and other substance use disorders, but it is not clear how they achieve their effects. CBT is purported to exert its beneficial effects by altering coping skills, but data supporting coping changes as the mechanism of action are mixed. The purpose of this pilot study was to test a treatment in which coping skills were trained in a highly individualized way, allowing us to determine if such training would result in an effective treatment. Conclusions The IATP approach was more successful than PCBT at training adaptive coping responses for use in situations presenting high-risk for drinking. The highly individualized IATP approach may prove to be an effective treatment strategy for alcohol dependent patients.


Addiction. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2010 November 1. Published in final edited form as: Addiction. 2009 November; 104(11): 1837–1838. Published online 2009 August 27. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02693.x. PMCID: PMC2763044 NIHMSID: NIHMS134618