E-Therapy for Substance Abuse and Co-Morbidity (SpringerBriefs in Social Work)
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This brief provides an overview of the emerging field of Electronic Therapy, E-Therapy, with a specific focus on alcohol and substance abuse. Understanding barriers that prevent individuals from seeking necessary mental health treatment is at the center of the development and analysis of practice models of care. Geographic location, transportation, language barriers and other situations contribute to difficulties in obtaining adequate treatment for mental illness. E-Therapy eliminates these barriers by administering counseling and mental health services through audio or audiovisual means. This brief examines E-Therapy best practices as they apply to alcohol and substance abuse intervention and prevention.
other substances. However, there are few studies evaluating the effectiveness of electronic approaches to substance abuse prevention, the focus of the present review. The following review of the literature synthesizes the current research on interventions that use electronic media for substance abuse prevention. The authors used ERIC, Academic Search Complete, Education Research Complete, CINAHL, MEDline, and PsychInfo databases to locate English-language studies published between 2000 and August
position descriptions, detailed descriptions of policies and procedures, example Integrated Treatment Referral Form, three assessment forms, and an Integrated Treatment Plan form, are included as well. The kit offers information on another excellent resource for working with this population, Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Cooccurring Disorders: A Treatment Improvement Protocol ( TIP 42), which is also produced by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2008b). TIP
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through computer-based programs providing CBT. Those who did not receive treatment for various reasons, now have the option to learn how to implement CBT techniques in their daily lives through computer programs and websites. Clients can use these programs with no contact or limited contact with a therapist (Richards et al. 2006). 6 J. S. Wodarski and J. Frimpong The treatment effects for Internet CBT are similar to other trials for pharmacological and psychological treatments. Internet CBT
in Rural Tennessee is another program being implemented by the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee and Helen Ross McNabb. This program targets 225 people to serve during the course of the grant by providing comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment with the help of technology. This program is used to enhance treatment that the clients are already receiving through electronically delivered intervention. The interventions will be evidence-based and include