"Drinking alcohol is often used by people as an attempt to regulate or manage unpleasant emotions," researcher Paul R. Stasiewicz, director of the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions, explained in a prepared statement.
As part of the study, his
team plans to develop a 12-session alcohol abuse treatment manual for use in clinical settings.
In the study's first phase, a special emotions-regulation manual will be created "to assist treatment providers working with clients who report using alcohol to cope with negative emotions," Stasiewicz
said."The treatment manual will include multiple techniques that clients can learn to help regulate and manage their emotions or feelings without turning to alcohol."
Currently, there are no well-developed, empirically tested treatments that exclusively focus on the role of negative emotions in alcohol relapse."The long-term objective of this line of research is to make a brief, effective intervention available to clinicians that will enhance treatment for alcohol dependence and reduce relapse," Stasiewicz