DIAGNOSIS: Substance-Use Disorders

TREATMENT: Time-limited Psychodynamic and Interactional Group Therapy (IGT) for Alcohol Use Disorder


  • Basic premise: Time-limited group psychodynamic therapy and interactional group therapy (IGT) have in common a focus based on interaction and communication between group members. In general, the main aim of psychodynamic group therapy for substance use disorder is to reach a sense of control related to substances use by increasing self-knowledge, enhancing a sense of identity, and gaining insight on affect and impulses through reflection. IGT is connected to Yalom’s Interactional Model of Group Psychotherapy especially for the AUD treatment; this approach work on several themes such as drinking patterns, high risk situations for relapse, relationships with staff members and family, drinking history and feelings. The goal of IGT is to explore interpersonal interactions and psychopathology manifested in session with other group members. Therapists in interactional group therapy foster feelings exposure, reflection, and examination of the meaning of group interactions. The group sessions in both IGT and psychodynamic group therapy are unstructured. Generally, treatment consisted of 15 weekly 90-minute group sessions.


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