1st Edition

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Problem Drinking
A Practitioner's Guide

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ISBN 9780415408769
Published July 16, 2010 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This book serves as a concise and practical guide on the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to problem drinking. Divided into five chapters it provides:

  • a detailed account of the cognitive and behavioural processes involved in the development and maintenance of problem drinking
  • in-depth coverage of assessment and case formulation and their role in planning and sequencing CBT interventions
  • concise and practical illustrations of the application of CBT interventions in preparing, implementing and maintaining change
  • diaries and worksheets for use with the client.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Problem Drinking is essential reading for all mental health practitioners in the field of alcohol misuse, as well as being a useful resource for those in training.

The appendices of this book contain worksheets that can be downloaded free of charge to purchasers of the print version. Please visit the website www.cbtarena.com to find out more about this facility.

Table of Contents

The Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy Approach to Problem Drinking. Preparing for Change. Implementing Change. Maintaining Change. Practitioner Training and Clinical Supervision. Appendix. References. Index.

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Marcantonio Spada is Professor of Psychological Therapies at London South Bank University in partnership with North East London NHS Foundation Trust. An expert in cognitive-behavioural theory and therapy for problem drinking, he is a practising clinician with extensive experience of working with problem drinkers.


"CBT for Problem Drinking provides a sound introduction to the theory and practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and is presented in such a way as to be of practical use to those wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills in this area. There is much here which will also be of interest to those attempting to resolve their own difficulties with alcohol, including a wealth of suggested exercises and resource material." - Bill Reading, addictions psychotherapist, Canterbury, UK

"This is a remarkably comprehensive and authoritative guide for practitioners wishing to engage problem drinkers in behaviour change. Dr Spada not only provides the extensive evidence base for CBT in relation to alcohol problems, he also elucidates with ample examples of therapeutic practice, bringing the art of the practitioner to the fore." - Don Shenker, Chief Executive of Alcohol Concern, UK