Over the past 35 years, researchers have developed and tested a successful, couple-based alcohol treatment program, namely the Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy (ABCT). Through this treatment couples learn coping skills to stop drinking, get partner support for stopping, and participate in couple’s therapy. Service members, veterans, and their families face unique challenges at home after deployment. Alcohol, feeling down, pain, trauma, isolation, and anger can get in the way of creating a “new normal” for service members and their families after war. The current research adapts and tests the ABCT program particularly for these military personnel and their families. The research addresses stigma, effects of deployment, PTSD, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, and painkiller abuse.
To be eligible to participate in this study, individuals should meet the following requirements:
- 18 or older
- Have alcohol related problems or drink too much
- Drank alcohol in last 120 days
- Served or serving in the U.S. Military
- All branches of military welcome, including Reserve and National Guard
For more information about the program, call the University of Massachusetts Medical School at (855) 901-ABCT or visit our website: www.militarycouplesandalcohol.com.