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(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists 

(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists
(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists

Barbara S. McCrady

and Elizabeth E. Epstein

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date: 25 June 2021

Chapter 1 presents introductory information for therapists on the nature of this cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program for couples where one partner has problems with alcohol and drinking. The chapter discusses alcohol use disorders (AUDs), DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for AUDs, and the development and evidence base of the alcohol behavioral couple therapy (ABCT) model. The components of the ABCT model are outlined (CBT, motivational enhancement, functional analysis, and relapse prevention), as well as rationales and goals for couple treatment, reciprocity enhancement, and communication. Alternative treatments and the role of medication are also discussed.

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