Clinical Case Studies, therapy for alcohol dependence.

Clinical Case Studies, therapy for alcohol dependence.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for Depression and Alcohol Dependence: A Case Study

Abstract

This case study employs solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) to alleviate depressive symptoms in an alcohol-dependent patient with comorbid personality disorder. Alcohol dependence and depression are frequent comorbid conditions in patients presenting for treatment. For some of these, personality disorders may further complicate treatment and even present a barrier to patients seeking or being offered treatment. In the case described, the patient only sought treatment after his gingivitis led to discovery of liver damage. In addition to SFBT, the patient was prescribed acamprosate to assist with abstinence from alcohol and fluoxetine for depression. Following three sessions of SFBT spaced at 1-month intervals, the patient reported maintaining abstinence from alcohol. His symptoms of depression as measured by Depression Anxiety Stress Scale reduced from severe to normal range, and he reported a reduction in the frequency and intensity of dark thoughts that had previously plagued him when sober. Outcomes were maintained 12 months following treatment.

  • © 2012 SAGE Publications, Inc.

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