It Cannot Be Concluded That General Group Counseling is Effective for Reducing Substance Use

“Unfortunately, despite decades of research, it cannot be concluded that general group counseling is reliably effective in reducing substance use or related problems.”
– Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, November, 2016, Page 4-26

For research citations on the ineffectiveness of counseling – individual or group – for opioid use disorder, please see On Counseling and Medication-Assisted Treatment.

For more excerpts, quotes, and definitions related to substance use disorder, please see Addiction Recovery: Define Terms and End Conflation.

The views expressed are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the positions of my employers, co-workers, clients, family members or friends. This content is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical or professional advice. Consult a qualified health care professional for personalized medical and professional advice.

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