Integrative principles for treating substance use disorders

David A F Haaga*, Barbara McCrady, Jay Lebow

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This article, based on B. McCrady, D. Haaga, and J. Lebow (2006), provides guidance for the treatment of substance use disorders by identifying empirically based principles that underpin effective treatment systems and effective treatments. To promote the flexible application of empirically based principles to individual clients, the authors (a) integrate therapeutic, participant, and relationship factors (drawn from reviews by B.S. McCrady & P.E. Nathan, 2006; D.A.F. Haaga, S.M. Hall, & A. Haas, 2006; and J. Lebow, J. Kelly, L.M. Knobloch-Fedders, & R. Moos, 2006) into a comprehensive description of treatment, (b) integrate common and specific principles of changes into articulated descriptions of treatment, and (c) identify directions for research to improve the sensitivity and specificity of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-684
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Mechanism of change
  • Psychotherapy
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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