Course of Treatment and Assessment of Progress

Initially, Dianne and Mick's treatment followed a BCT manual (Emmelkamp & Vedel, 2006).

The first two sessions were used for psycho-education, explaining the treatment rationale and introducing the sobriety trust contract. We agreed upon abstinence rather than moderation as the treatment goal.

As for the sobriety trust contract; each day at a specific time, in order to prevent the couple arguing about her drinking behaviour throughout the day, Dianne was to initiate a brief discussion with Mick and reiterate her intention not to drink. Dianne was then to ask Mick if he had any questions or fears about possible drinking that day and answer the questions in an attempt to reassure him. Mick was not to mention past or possible future drinking beyond that day.

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