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Managing Negative Emotions Without Drinking
A Workbook of Effective Strategies

ISBN 9781138215887
Published January 17, 2018 by Routledge
194 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Managing Negative Emotions Without Drinking is the ideal companion to Emotion Regulation Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders. Each of the 12 individual weekly treatment sessions presents scientifically tested strategies for managing emotions without alcohol, including mindfulness practices, direct experiencing of emotion, and cognitive and behavioral skills to manage high-risk drinking situations and prevent relapse to alcohol use. The step-by-step exercises, user-friendly worksheets, and in-session and between-session skill practice help clients gain a basic understanding of the role that emotions play in harmful alcohol use and assist them in developing the skills needed to manage these emotions and cravings without alcohol.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  About the Authors  1. Introduction  2. Is This Treatment Right for You?  3. Session 1: About This Treatment  4. Session 2: Enhancing Motivation and Mindfulness  5. Session 3: High Risk Situations and Mindful Coping  6. Session 4: Drinking-related Thoughts, Coping with Urges and Cravings, and Cognitive Reappraisal  7. Session 5: Drink Refusal Skills and Managing Emotions with Actions  8. Session 6: Skill and Treatment Progress Review and Preparing for Direct Experiencing of Emotion  9. Session 7: Coping with a Lapse or Relapse and Direct Experiencing of Emotion  10. Session 8: Enhancing Social Support Networks and Direct Experiencing of Emotion  11. Session 9: Seemingly Irrelevant Decisions and Direct Experiencing of Emotion  12. Session 10: Progress Review, Stimulus Control Strategies, and Direct Experiencing of Emotion  13. Session 11: Relapse Prevention and Lifestyle Balance  14. Session 12: Accomplishments and Future Directions  References

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Paul R. Stasiewicz, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist as well as senior research scientist and director of the Addiction Treatment Services outpatient clinic at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions. His research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on the development of novel behavioral therapies for alcohol use disorders.
Clara M. Bradizza, PhD, is a senior research scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions and a research scientist in the Department of Family Medicine at the University at Buffalo. Her research, funded by the NIH, includes the development of innovative affect-based interventions for both alcohol and smoking. Dr. Bradizza is a member of the University at Buffalo (UB) Institutional Review Board and is a grant reviewer at the National Institutes of Health.

Kim S. Slosman, MS, LMHC, is a clinical research project director at the Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo with more than 20 years of clinical practice and supervision experience in mental health and addiction. She also has experience delivering manualized treatments and served as a therapist on four previous clinical trials involving emotion regulation training for substance abusing clients.


"Managing Negative Emotions Without Drinking is an easy-to-follow workbook for clients who are receiving Emotion Regulation Treatment. It could also be used during other treatment programs or even outside of treatment to help anyone who reaches for a drink of alcohol when experiencing negative emotions, such as sadness, anger, or anxiety. Evidence-based exercises and skills taught throughout the workbook provide an immensely helpful resource for anyone struggling with their alcohol use."
Katie A. Witkiewitz, PhD, professor of psychology, University of New Mexico