UPEI-tested online addictions therapy now available through Murphy’s Pharmacies

CBT4CBT allows 24-hour-a-day online access to cognitive behavioural therapy for addictions to complement traditional treatment, including counselling
Monday, June 25, 2018

An online addictions therapy known as Computer Based Training for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT4CBT), piloted and operated by a UPEI research team, will now be offered free of charge at Murphy’s Pharmacy location across PEI.

Cognitive behavioural therapy allows patients to recognize triggers, improve coping mechanisms, and alter the behaviour that leads to substance abuse. CBT4CBT’s efficacy, durability, and cost-savings have been proven in clinical trials and have been praised by patients and therapy personnel. Through web-based delivery, CBT4CBT can reach people even in rural areas 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The CBT4CBT program is engaging, with movies that reflect real world problems. One of the first things you realize when using CBT4CBT is that Anna is having a rough day. Anna, who is trying to stop using, has a horrible day at work, then, has a fight with her husband who offers her drugs,” said Dr. Michelle Patterson, research manager at UPEI’s Centre for Health and Community Research (CHCR). “Viewers can watch how to use cognitive and behavioral self-control skills to deal with a problem. There is something powerful about seeing the problem rather than hearing about it in the abstract.”

Access to CBT4CBT is available free of charge. Those dealing with substance abuse can request access at any Murphy’s Pharmacies location. They will be provided with unique login to access this evidence-based program. For more information, visit chcresearch.ca/cbt4cbt-prescription/

Healthcare workers or pharmacists interested in the program for their patients can contact the CHCR at chcr@upei.ca and receive a prescription pad with details about CBT4CBT.

CBT4CBT was developed by Dr. Kathleen Carroll and researchers at the Yale School of Medicine. UPEI’s CHCR performed the first clinical trials in Canada and offers the program at sites across the province.

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