Release Date: January 24, 2018
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Two new books from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions will provide treatment providers with resources to help people with an alcohol use disorder manage their negative emotions and cravings for alcohol.
“Emotion Regulation Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders” and its accompanying workbook for clients, “Managing Negative Emotions Without Drinking” were written by RIA’s Paul R. Stasiewicz, PhD, senior research scientist, Clara M. Bradizza, senior research scientist, and Kim S. Slosman, MS, LMHC, clinical research project director.
Stasiewicz, a licensed clinical psychologist and director of RIA’s Addiction Treatment Services outpatient clinic, says the books were an outgrowth of several grants he and Bradizza received to study the connection between negative emotions and substance use, including alcohol use disorder. The grants were awarded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
“Nearly half of all clients in treatment for an alcohol use disorder report frequent heavy drinking in situations involving unpleasant emotions. However, there were no well-developed, empirically tested treatments to specifically address drinking in response to negative emotions,” Stasiewicz says. “These books should fill that critical gap.”
The book for treatment professionals, “Emotion Regulation Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders,” provides step-by-step, detailed procedures for assessing and treating emotion regulation difficulties in individuals diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder. The ERT program consists of 12 weekly sessions that combine cognitive-behavioral treatment with emotion regulation strategies to help clients manage their negative emotions without turning to alcohol. The book includes session outlines, detailed session content with suggestions for therapist dialogue, and client assignments for between-session skill practice.
The accompanying client workbook, “Managing Negative Emotions Without Drinking,” presents scientifically tested strategies for managing emotions without alcohol, including mindfulness practices, direct experiencing of emotion, and cognitive and behavioral skills to manage high-risk drinking situations and prevent relapse to alcohol use. The book includes step-by-step exercises, user-friendly worksheets and in-session and between-session skill practice to help clients understand the role emotions play in harmful alcohol use and assist them in developing the skills needed to manage these emotions and cravings without alcohol.
The books are published by Routledge Press and can be purchased in hardback, paperback or ebook versions at www.routledge.com.
RIA is a research center of the University at Buffalo and a national leader in the study of alcohol and substance abuse issues. RIA’s research programs, most of which have multiple-year funding, are supported by federal, state and private foundation grants. Located on UB’s Downtown Campus, RIA is a member of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and a key contributor to UB’s reputation for research excellence. To learn more, visit buffalo.edu/ria.