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The effect of mindfulness-integrated cognitive behaviour therapy (MiCBT) on the experience of addiction


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Wickham, KT 2013 , 'The effect of mindfulness-integrated cognitive behaviour therapy (MiCBT) on the experience of addiction', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The excessive use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) is a significant public health
problem in Australia at the current time, and the development and evaluation of
effective AOD treatments is currently highly relevant. Though research investigating
the implementation of mindfulness training as a treatment for AOD addiction has
been scarce, results to date have supported the use of mindfulness-based
interventions as a treatment for AOD addiction and have recommended that further
research be conducted in this area. The current study examined the efficacy of
Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), compared to
Treatment as Usual (TAU), in reducing the distress and impairment associated with
AOD addiction, and in increasing levels of well-being among a sample of AOD
treatment-users. Thirty-four participants completed the eight-week treatment period;
and completed dependent measures at baseline, post-treatment, and six-month
follow-up. Participants who received MiCBT exhibited greater improvement over
time, in terms of decreases in scores on the Depression scale of the DASS-21, than
participants who did not receive MiCBT. Participants who received MiCBT also
displayed lower levels of severity of dependence than those who did not receive
MiCBT, across all time points. Differences between groups on other measures failed
to reach statistical significance, however an exploration of differences between
groups in effect sizes for change over time revealed that MiCBT has an additional
effect over and above the treatment effect achieved by TAU. It was concluded that
MiCBT is a viable option for inclusion in AOD treatment programs.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Wickham, KT
Keywords: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Alcoholism counseling, Substance abuse, Drug addiction, Depression, Mental, Dependency (Psychology)
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2013. Includes bibliographical references

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