Cognitive behavioral intervention for improving emotion recognition among individuals with substance use disorders: A randomized-controlled pilot study in a naturalistic setting

Maayan Lawental, Dana Williams, Yoav Blay, Gal Shoval*

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Abstract

Individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) experience impaired facial emotion recognition. This pilot study explored the efficacy of a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention to improve facial cues interpretation. Twenty-four men with SUD were randomized into an equal-size experimental and control groups and were evaluated by a cognitive-assessment battery at baseline and post-intervention. Post-intervention individuals in the experimental group recognized happy expressions with higher accuracy, and their response times were slower in sadness/disgust/neutral expressions. Interventions focused at improving social cues interpretation may facilitate social interactions and treatment outcomes for SUD population.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114220
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume305
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Emotion recognition
  • Substance use disorders

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