Alcohol exposure therapy: Generalisation and changes in responsivity

Petra K. Staiger*, Janet D. Greeley, Stephen D. Wallace

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    Abstract

    Fifty male alcohol-dependent individuals presenting for treatment were randomly assigned to either a cue exposure (CE) or control group. The experimental group were presented with 10 exposure trials to the sight and smell of alcohol, whilst the control group were presented with a neutral beverage. Following this, subjects received exposure to alcohol in a different room to examine whether extinguished responses generalised to a different environment. Results showed that only those subjects presented with the alcohol cue showed a significant reduction in cue-elicited swallowing, subjective withdrawal symptoms, arousal and urge to drink alcohol and that these extinguished responses remained diminished in magnitude in a different environment. These results provide additional support for the effectiveness of CE in reducing responsivity to alcohol cues. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-40
    Number of pages12
    JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
    Volume57
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1999

    Keywords

    • Alcohol
    • Cue exposure
    • Dependent drinkers
    • Generalisation
    • Relapse prevention

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