Which Is More Helpful: Computerized Instruction or Face to Face Counseling?

10.02.2018 - By Opiate recovery podcast

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Technology can be useful in reducing drug use. As a matter of fact, one study demonstrated that a once per week computer based training of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was just as effective as clinician-delivered CBT. The study participants also stayed in treatment longer.

Discussion Guide:

Are you familiar with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? What is it?

Do you think you could benefit from a computer based class in CBT?

Out of the following three modalities, which do you believe is more effective for long term recovery? Why?

Computer based education

Individual counseling

Group counseling

These modalities can all be helpful at times. Under what conditions would each be most helpful?

Supplemental Reading:

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Outcomes of Computerized CBT Rival Those of Clinician-Delivered CBT, http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2018/06/outcomes-computerized-cbt-rival-those-clinician-delivered-cbt

Cherry & Gans, What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? http://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-cognitive-behavior-therapy-2795747

Kathleen Carroll, Computer Based Training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, http://www.cbt4cbt.com/


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