Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy of Addictive Disorders

Bruce S. Liese and Aaron T. Beck

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Grounded in decades of CBT research and clinical practice, as well as cutting-edge cognitive science, this book provides critical tools for understanding and treating the full range of addictive behaviors. Bruce S. Liese and Aaron T. Beck explain how to systematically develop case conceptualizations and support clients in achieving their recovery goals. The authors use vivid case examples to illustrate CBT techniques, structure, psychoeducation, motivational interviewing, group treatment, relapse prevention, and other effective therapeutic components. Several reproducible forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8½“ x 11” size. Reflecting nearly 30 years of important advances in the field, this entirely new book replaces the authors' classic Cognitive Therapy of Substance Abuse.

“One of the most significant clinical paradigm shifts in the treatment of addictive disorders in the past 50 years has been the birth and growth of CBT, which has enabled clinicians worldwide to help patients more effectively. Beck and Liese have done a superb job of describing the theory, scientific foundations, and applications of CBT for addictive disorders, while simultaneously demonstrating how their approach fits into the larger continuum of care. The authors highlight the need to address stigma and discrimination and recognize the shifting legal and sociopolitical contexts of substance use and nonchemical addictions. Whether students, clinical novices, or seasoned professionals, readers will find their own thinking and behavior changed as they become empowered to provide more efficient, effective treatment.”

—John F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP, Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Founder and Director, Recovery Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital

“This timely successor to the classic book on CBT for addictive disorders is replete with proven practices, case reports, and innovative supplemental interventions. This is a practical, useful guidebook for clinicians. Kudos to the authors!”

—Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, Research Director, Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment

“The addictions field has long needed an updated guide to the cognitive-behavioral approach to treating substance use disorders, because evaluating beliefs is a central feature of diagnosing and treating these problems. Who better to provide such a resource than Liese and Beck, two of the pioneers? This is a very welcome and valuable resource for clinicians working with persons who have addictive disorders.”

—Mark B. Sobell, PhD, ABPP, President's Distinguished Professor, and Linda C. Sobell, PhD, ABPP, President's Distinguished Professor, College of Psychology, Nova Southeastern University

Table of Contents

1. Overview sample

2. Theoretical Model

3. Case Conceptualization

4. Shame, Stigma, and the Therapeutic Relationship

5. Individual Session Structure

6. Guided Discovery, Motivational Interviewing, and Functional Analysis

7. Standardized CBT Techniques

8. Setting Goals

9. Psychoeducation

10. Thoughts and Beliefs

11. Modes and Addictive Behaviors

12. Group CBT for Addictions

13. Relapse Prevention and Harm Reduction

About the Authors

Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Clinical Director of the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment at the University of Kansas. Dr. Liese has served as president of the American Psychological Association Division on Addiction Psychology (APA Division 50). His scholarly work has focused on the treatment of complex mental health problems and addictions. He has published widely and is presently on three APA journal editorial boards. He has taught courses on addictions, psychotherapy, and evidence-based practice and supervised hundreds of psychotherapy trainees. Dr. Liese is a recipient of the President’s Citation for Distinguished Service and the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training Award from APA Division 50, as well as an APA Presidential Citation for service to his community.

Aaron T. Beck, MD, until his death in 2021, was Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and President Emeritus of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Internationally recognized as the founder of cognitive therapy, Dr. Beck has been credited with shaping the face of American psychiatry and was cited by American Psychologist as “one of the five most influential psychotherapists of all time.” Dr. Beck was the recipient of awards including the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award in Applied Psychology from the Association for Psychological Science, and the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health and Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the Institute of Medicine. He authored or edited numerous books for professionals and the general public.


Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, mental health and substance abuse counselors, and psychiatric nurses.

Course Use

May serve as a text in undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.