This work was supported, in part, by grants F31AA020131 and K24AA019707 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) awarded to the first and second authors, respectively. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIAAA or the National Institutes of Health.
Changes in Early Maladaptive Schemas After Residential Treatment for Substance Use
Article first published online: 4 FEB 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 69, Issue 9, pages 912–922, September 2013
How to Cite
Shorey, R. C., Stuart, G. L., Anderson, S. and Strong, D. R. (2013), Changes in Early Maladaptive Schemas After Residential Treatment for Substance Use. J. Clin. Psychol., 69: 912–922. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21968
- Issue published online: 22 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 4 FEB 2013
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Grant Numbers: F31AA020131, K24AA019707
- early maladaptive schemas;
- substance use;
- cognitive therapy;
Early maladaptive schemas are cognitive and behavioral patterns that cause considerable distress and are theorized to underlie mental health problems. Research suggests that early maladaptive schemas may underlie substance abuse and that the intensity of early maladaptive schemas may decrease after brief periods of abstinence. The current study examined changes in early maladaptive schemas after a 4-week residential substance use treatment program.
Preexisting records of a sample of male alcohol- and opioid-dependent treatment seeking adults (N = 97; mean age = 42.55) were reviewed for the current study.
Pre-post analyses demonstrated that 8 of the early maladaptive schemas significantly decreased by the end of the 4-week treatment.
Findings indicate that early maladaptive schemas can be modified during brief substance use treatment and may be an important component of substance use intervention programs. Implications of these findings for substance use treatment are discussed.