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Evaluation of a group cue-exposure treatment for opiate addicts

Evaluation of a group cue-exposure treatment for opiate addicts

Spanish Journal of Psychology 8(2): 229-237

Twenty-four detoxified opiate addicts were randomized to an experimental group and a control group to evaluate efficacy of a group cue-exposure treatment to reduce or extinguish classically conditioned responses to drug-related stimuli. Assessment included psychophysiological responses (skin temperature, skin conductance level--SCL--, and heart rate) to a videotape and subjective measures (subjective craving, positive and negative affect) before and after the videotape. The experimental group received a group cue-exposure program to drug-related stimuli that comprised twelve treatment sessions administered three times weekly. The treatment program significantly reduced conditioned responses to drug-related stimuli, as measured by SCL and positive affect.

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PMID: 16255390

DOI: 10.1017/s1138741600005114

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