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A Meta-Analysis of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Treating Substance Use Disorders
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Michael E. Levin, Utah State University
  • Eric B. Lee, Utah State University
  • Woolee An, Utah State University
  • Michael P. Twohig, Utah State University
Document Type
Article
Publisher
Elsevier
Location
Berlin, Germany
Publication Date
4-4-2007
Abstract
Background: In the past decade, multiple studies have examined the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for substance use disorders relative to other active treatments. The current meta-analysis examined the aggregate effect size when comparing ACT to other treatments (e.g., CBT, pharmacotherapy, 12-step, treatment as usual) specifically on substance use outcomes. Method: A total of 10 randomized controlled trials were identified through systematic searches. Results: A significant small to medium effect size was found favoring ACT relative to active treatment comparisons following treatment. Effect sizes were comparable across studies for smoking cessation (k = 5) and for other drug use disorders (k = 5). Conclusions: Based on these findings, ACT appears to be a promising intervention for substance use disorders. Limitations and future directions are discussed.
Citation Information
Michael E. Levin, Eric B. Lee, Woolee An and Michael P. Twohig. "A Meta-Analysis of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Treating Substance Use Disorders" Drug and Alcohol Dependence Vol. 155 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael-twohig/1/