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Acceptability and impact of an ACT based aftercare treatment for clients suffering from substance abuse

Schnieder, Maxim Kolja (2017) Acceptability and impact of an ACT based aftercare treatment for clients suffering from substance abuse.

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Abstract:Background: The current study is the first one to combine and an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based approach for substance use disorders (SUD) with the concept of aftercare treatment to prevent relapse after regular treatment. Objective was to investigate the acceptability of the aftercare treatment, as well as to find out whether it was able to maintain and sustain earlier improvements on substance use, craving for substances and participation in society. Methods: Participants were eight adults with SUD who recently underwent regular CBT treatment. Interviews over the acceptability and the experienced impact of the aftercare treatment were held. Additional assessments about substance use, craving for substances and participation in society were administered pre- and post-treatment. Results: The acceptability of the treatment was overall reported positive. Main point of criticism was an insufficient introduction into the aftercare treatment and a lack of clarity during participation. Relapse was successfully prevented. Craving for substances was maintained and sustained over the course of the treatment. Participation in society tended to improve significantly. Conclusions: The ACT based aftercare treatment is considered an effective and appropriate treatment to be applied in the context of SUD. Further research could use larger samples and follow-up assessments in order to underline the present findings.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73527
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