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O'Farrell, Timothy J and Fals-Stewart, William (2002) Behavioural couples therapy for adult drug and alcohol users. New York: Guilford Press.

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A guideline for behavioural couples therapy that aims to build support for abstinence and improve relationship functioning in married or co-habiting couples, where one member is seeking help for substance use. Treatment focuses on a “sobriety contract”, changing the reinforcement contingencies in the relationship, increasing positive activities and teaching communication skills. This can be delivered as a standalone intervention or as an adjunct to individual therapy.

Settings: Community settings.

Duration: Couple seen for 12–20 hourly sessions over a 3–6 month period.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Guideline, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Treatment method, Psychosocial treatment method
27 p.
Guilford Press
Place of Publication
New York
An updated version - O'Farrell TJ and Fals-Stewart W (2006). Behavioral Couples Therapy for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. New York: Guilford Press has been produced and can be purchased through Guildford Press.
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HRB (Electronic Only)
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