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Clinical Applications of Evidence-Based Family Interventions$
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Jacqueline Corcoran

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149524

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149524.001.0001

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Reinforcement Training with the Partners of Those Who Abuse Substances

Reinforcement Training with the Partners of Those Who Abuse Substances

(p.205) 8 Reinforcement Training with the Partners of Those Who Abuse Substances
Clinical Applications of Evidence-Based Family Interventions

Jacqueline Corcoran

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers a type of treatment for substance use that targets partners of the problem drinker. Variations of this type of treatment are categorized together as “reinforcement training,” which revolve around operant behavioral theory and the central importance of reinforcement for increasing desirable behavior (sobriety in the case of substance use). Also central is the concept of antecedent conditions that cue certain behaviors to occur. Applied to substance abuse, partners are trained to pay more positive attention to their partners when they are not drinking and to create opportunities for sobriety. Skills training in communication and conflict resolution are also offered as part of a behavioral approach. Before presenting the application of the model, its empirical evidence will be briefly described, followed by a discussion of when it is appropriate to use reinforcement training as an option for treatment.

Keywords:   substance use disorders, substance abuse, pressures to change model, unilateral therapy, spouses

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