Behavioral Health Approaches to Preventing and Treating Substance Use Disorders

  • Christine TimkoEmail author
  • Michael A. Cucciare


This chapter reviews the literature on behavioral approaches to preventing and treating SUDs, focusing on alcohol and illicit drugs, behavioral therapies, and a discussion of behavioral treatments for individuals who have co-occurring substance use and other mental disorders. After reviewing the literature, the authors present critical issues related to behavioral strategies for SUD prevention and treatment, such as the need for better coordination of care within healthcare systems.


Substance use disorders Prevention Treatment Co-occurring disorders 



Preparation of this chapter was supported by a Senior Research Career Scientist Award (RCS 00-001) to Dr. Timko by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Service. Views expressed are the authors’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Innovation to Implementation, Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care SystemMenlo ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare SystemNorth Little RockUSA
  4. 4.VA South Central (VISN 16) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare SystemNorth Little RockUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA

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