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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2012) Effectiveness Bank Bulletin [Positive psychology]. Effectiveness Bank Bulletin, 22 Oct, .

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1. Review of the application of positive psychology to substance use, addiction, and recovery research.
Krentzman A.R. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: 2012, in press.

The contemporary recovery movement in addictions and the positive psychology movement in the broader field of psychological health have recently grown in prominence but almost entirely in parallel streams, yet the overlaps and possible synergies between them suggest that an integration could be a step forward in recovery from addiction.


2. Applying positive psychology to alcohol-misusing adolescents: a group intervention.
Akhtar M., Boniwell I. Groupwork: 2010, 20(3), p. 6–31.

Conducted in England, this first study to test positive psychology approaches focused on strengths and wellbeing in the treatment of substance use problems found that a small group of young drinkers and drug users responded well, with substantial remission in alcohol dependence despite the non-substance focus of the group therapy.


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