Substance-related disorders, addiction and impulse control

Section edited by Morten Hesse

This section encompasses a range of substance related conditions, alongside addiction and impulse control. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, problem/pathological gambling, substance abuse, alcohol and drug disorders, impulsive and antisocial behaviors, cannabis disorders and behavioral economics.

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  1. Research article

    Effect of short-term heart rate variability biofeedback on long-term abstinence in alcohol dependent patients – a one-year follow-up

    A randomized controlled study (RCT) recently showed that short-term heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback in addition to standard rehabilitation care for alcohol dependence can reduce craving, anxiety and i...

    Ana Isabel Penzlin, Kristian Barlinn, Ben Min-Woo Illigens, Kerstin Weidner, Martin Siepmann and Timo Siepmann

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:325

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  2. Research article

    Affected family members’ experience of, and coping with, aggression and violence within the context of problematic substance use: a qualitative study

    Families have an important role supporting a family member with problematic substance use (PSU), although this can often be challenging and confronting. Previous research has identified high rates of family ag...

    Terence V. McCann, Dan I. Lubman, Gayelene Boardman and Mollie Flood

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:209

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  3. Research article

    High-intensity therapist-guided internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for alcohol use disorder: a pilot study

    A large proportion of individuals with alcohol problems do not seek psychological treatment, but access to such treatment could potentially be increased by delivering it over the Internet. Cognitive behavior t...

    Christopher Sundström, Martin Kraepelien, Niels Eék, Claudia Fahlke, Viktor Kaldo and Anne H. Berman

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:197

    Published on: 26 May 2017

  4. Study protocol

    Internet-based attentional bias modification training as add-on to regular treatment in alcohol and cannabis dependent outpatients: a study protocol of a randomized control trial

    The automatic tendency to attend to and focus on substance-related cues in the environment (attentional bias), has been found to contribute to the persistence of addiction. Attentional bias modification (ABM) ...

    Janika Heitmann, Madelon E. van Hemel-Ruiter, Karin M. Vermeulen, Brian D. Ostafin, Colin MacLeod, Reinout W. Wiers, Laura DeFuentes-Merillas, Martine Fledderus, Wiebren Markus and Peter J. de Jong

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:193

    Published on: 23 May 2017

  5. Research article

    Perceptions of problem-drinker patients’ family members about their own hazardous-drinking behaviours in Chinese general hospitals: a qualitative study

    Excessive alcohol use has been associated with health, social and legal problems. Alcohol-related problems have been studied primarily in problem-drinker patients, with few studies on their family members, par...

    Chen-Chun Lin, Yun-Fang Tsai, Wen-Ling Yeh, Jung-Ta Kao and Ching-Yen Chen

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:189

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  6. Research article

    Comparison of demographic characteristics and psychiatric comorbidity among methamphetamine-, heroin- and methamphetamine-heroin co- dependent males in Hunan, China

    There is little research of psychiatric comorbidity differences among people with different types of drug dependence in Chinese population. We explored demographic and comorbid psychiatric differences among me...

    Huixi Dong, Mei Yang, Liang Liu, Chenxi Zhang, Mengqi Liu, Yidong Shen, Huanzhong Liu and Wei Hao

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:183

    Published on: 12 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Correlates of alcohol consumption in rural western Kenya: A cross-sectional study

    Studies on alcohol consumption in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa are scarce. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and determinants of alcohol consumption in rural western Kenya. The study was conduc...

    Risa Takahashi, Calistus Wilunda, Karani Magutah, Wanja Mwaura-Tenambergen, Boniface Wilunda and Usaneya Perngparn

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:175

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  8. Study protocol

    From the neurobiological basis of comorbid alcohol dependence and depression to psychological treatment strategies: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial

    Alcohol use disorder and depression occur commonly in the community. Even though this high-prevalence comorbidity is associated with poorer posttreatment outcomes and greater utilization of costly treatment se...

    Alena Becker, Anna M. Ehret and Peter Kirsch

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:153

    Published on: 28 April 2017

  9. Study protocol

    Cognitive-behavioral treatment with behavioral activation for smokers with depressive symptomatology: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial

    Smoking is an important risk factor for mental health-related problems. Numerous studies have supported a bi-directional association between cigarette smoking and depression. Despite the advances in understand...

    Elisardo Becoña, Carmela Martínez-Vispo, Carmen Senra, Ana López-Durán, Rubén Rodríguez-Cano and Elena Fernández del Río

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:134

    Published on: 8 April 2017

  10. Research article

    Responsible gambling among older adults: a qualitative exploration

    Responsible gambling (RG) is defined as gambling for pleasure and entertainment but with an awareness of the likelihood of losing, an understanding of the associated risks and the ability to exercise control o...

    Mythily Subramaniam, Pratika Satghare, Janhavi A. Vaingankar, Louisa Picco, Colette J. Browning, Siow Ann Chong and Shane A. Thomas

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:124

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  11. Study protocol

    Effectiveness of EMDR in patients with substance use disorder and comorbid PTSD: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. However, it is unclear whether EMDR shows the same effectiveness in patients with substance use disorders (SUD) and...

    Ingo Schäfer, Laycen Chuey-Ferrer, Arne Hofmann, Peter Lieberman, Günter Mainusch and Annett Lotzin

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:95

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  12. Research article

    Patient experiences questionnaire for interdisciplinary treatment for substance dependence (PEQ-ITSD): reliability and validity following a national survey in Norway

    Patient experiences are an important aspect of health care quality, but there is a lack of validated instruments for their measurement in the substance dependence literature. A new questionnaire to measure inp...

    Mona Haugum, Hilde Hestad Iversen, Oyvind Bjertnaes and Anne Karin Lindahl

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:73

    Published on: 20 February 2017

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