On 10-26-17 the online blog ClinicalEdge, published by Clinical Psychiatry News, posted, “Behavioral Activation Effective for Substance Use.” This brief article reviews a study originally published online by the journal Addiction on 9-30-17. Researchers conducted a randomized clinical trial with 263 adult subjects, with follow-up assessment at three, six, and 12 months post treatment.

The study group participated in what sounds like an annualized behavioral activation training group, LETS ACT, which was originally developed for depression and has been modified for use with people suffering from substance use disorders. It teaches value-driven activities that are positively reinforcing. The control group participated in time and group -sized matched supportive counseling. To cut to the chase, the research group had significant higher absence of rates at all follow-up assessments, and reported significant a fewer adverse consequences from substance abuse at 12 months post treatment.

MHConcierge’s take: this is yet another article about the potential benefits of integrating behavioral and substance use disorder treatments, and may provide opportunities for behavioral professionals to partner with SUD programs to provide adjunctive services, if they do not incorporate this type of treatment into their own programming.

The brief summary article is available for free online. The original article http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.14049/fullis available for purchase online.

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