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(p. 127) The Unified Protocol for Comorbid Alcohol Use and Anxiety Disorders 

(p. 127) The Unified Protocol for Comorbid Alcohol Use and Anxiety Disorders
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(p. 127) The Unified Protocol for Comorbid Alcohol Use and Anxiety Disorders
Author(s):

Todd J. Farchione

, Tracie M. Goodness

, and Katelyn M. E. Williams

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190255541.003.0008
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date: 18 September 2019

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are highly prevalent in the United States. Further, they have significant comorbidity with anxiety disorders (AXDs). The presence of AUD and AXD comorbidity is of concern because it appears to have a negative impact on treatment outcome for either disorder alone. Increasingly, researchers and clinicians have been moving toward transdiagnostic treatments that can address AUD/AXD comorbidity in a more comprehensive fashion that is ultimately more helpful for patients than the traditional delivery of parallel treatments for individual disorders. The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP) has shown preliminary results for reducing problematic drinking in patients with AUD/AXD comorbidity compared to medications or other treatments. This chapter offers a rationale for using the UP to address AUD/AXD comorbidity and presents a case illustrating application of this protocol in a patient presenting with DSM-IV alcohol dependence and additional AXDs.

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