Increasing the efficacy of cue exposure treatment in preventing relapse of addictive behavior

R.C. Havermans*, A.T.M. Jansen

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Theoretically, cue exposure treatment should be able to prevent relapse by extinguishing conditioned drug responding (e.g. cue-elicited craving). According to contemporary learning theory, though, extinction does not eliminate conditioned responding. Analogous cue exposure with response prevention (CERP) as a treatment of addictive behavior might not eliminate the learned relation between drug-related cues and drug use. This does not necessarily mean that cue exposure cannot successfully prevent relapse. Various suggestions for increasing the efficacy of cue exposure treatment are being discussed from a contemporary learning theory perspective. It is suggested that cue exposure treatment incorporating retrieval cues can be a beneficial treatment in preventing relapse of addictive behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-994
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003

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