Addressing negative affect in substance use relapse prevention

OLSSON Kurt L., et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26(1), 2016, pp.2-14.
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This review includes 15 studies, evaluating evidence of the effectiveness of interventions addressing negative affect in substance use relapse prevention. A unitary construct of 'negative affect' was inadequate for reconciling conflicting findings. Instead, affect variables were divided by temporal range, model of affect, and discreteness of measurement. Results strongly support (1) cognitive behavioural therapy’s effectiveness for changing tonic affect and (2) mindfulness interventions effectively changing both tonic and phasic affect. Evidence also supports mindfulness weakening the relationship between affect and substance use outcomes. Recommendations for future research are made. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
substance misuse, cognitive behavioural therapy, therapies, intervention, prevention, mindfulness;
Content type:
research review
United States
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