Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Treatment of Alcohol Addiction

When doing this they manage to change how they act and think. CBT appears to be more effective in treating alcohol abusers and those that are undergoing depression researchers from the Rand Corporation have noted that depressive symptoms are common in individuals who abuse alcohol or any other substance (Beck, 2009). There is a direct correlation between alcohol and depression. Fifty percent of alcoholics suffer from depression at one given point in time. Alcohol and depression haven been indicated by researchers that they do not mix well though. alcohol has been seen to be a depressant. Alcoholics use alcohol as a way of controlling their depression. When alcoholism and depression exists together they are called co-morbidity because they exist together. Alcohol and depression coexists together within an individual developing a complex situation that is very difficult to treat. Treatment cannot be done separate, and successful treatment must take into account the two diseases. This paper presents a literature review on the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of alcohol addiction patients. Alcoholism and depression are disorders that commonly co-occur within an individual. … This study used a sample of 82 depressor and alcohol abusers. The study participants was randomized and placed under control for 12 weeks trial with a combination of sertraline combined with individual CBT. The program focused on both alcoholism and relapse prevention. Depression and alcohol outcomes were all measured during the study and over twelve weeks sertraline was tolerated by the alcohol patients and depressions was reduced as well as the rate of alcohol consumptions (Moak, 2005). Jon and Richard (2002) conducted a study to test the hypothesis that cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) for alcohol dependence works through increasing cognitive and behavioral coping skills. The study used a sample of ten studies which were identified that investigated the hypothesized mechanisms of action of CBT. These studies used random sampling procedures to CBT and at least one comparison condition. The study found that though, numerous analyses of the possible causal links have been conducted to evaluate whether CBT works through increasing coping, the results indicate little support for the hypothesized mechanisms of action of CBT. The researchers thus, concluded that research has not yet established why CBT is an effective treatment for alcohol dependence. A study conducted by a group of therapists investigated the evolving work on treatment approaches for individuals with alcohol dependence and comorbid anxiety disorder, this study conducted an overview of issues related to comorbidity and its treatment, this researchers described a prototype that was combined in treating alcohol addicts usin the CBT therapy. The study found that the program is