"For people who report problem drinking in negative emotional situations, such as depression, anxiety or stress, we have developed a promising treatment approach that shows greater reductions in alcohol use when compared to standard treatment," says study director Paul Stasiewicz, senior research scientist at RIA.
"The clinical techniques used in ART help patients cope more effectively with their emotions by helping people experience and deal with negative feelings in an environment that does not involve drinking," Stasiewicz
"Patients learn to better tolerate and accept the uncomfortable experience without engaging in substance use."
The initial study showed that people who received ART in addition to CBT
had greater reductions in alcohol use compared to people who received a health and wellness component with CBT
"The results show promise and should be of interest to treatment providers who are seeking additional strategies to help those who drink in negative emotional situations," Stasiewicz