Internal cue exposure and the treatment of substance use disorders: lessons from the treatment of panic disorder.

@article{Otto2004InternalCE,
  title={Internal cue exposure and the treatment of substance use disorders: lessons from the treatment of panic disorder.},
  author={Michael W Otto and Steven A Safren and Mark H. Pollack},
  journal={Journal of anxiety disorders},
  year={2004},
  volume={18 1},
  pages={
          69-87
        }
}
Despite early recognition of the importance of internal cues (craving sensations and emotional states) for relapse in substance use disorders, relatively little attention has been devoted to exposure-based treatments targeting these cues. Drawing upon research on the conceptualization and treatment of panic disorder, we discuss the application of internal (largely emotional) cue exposure for substance use disorders. Our model for this discussion was based on the role of exposure to feared… CONTINUE READING

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