CBAM Executive Director, Steve Shoptaw and Friends Research Institute colleague, Cathy Reback, published an article in 2011 that will be released again in the August 2014 volume of the journal Addictive Behaviors. The article discusses development of an intervention targeted to gay and bisexual men who are methamphetamine users.

As quoted in the article, Drs. Shoptaw and Reback’s body of work in intervention studies “clearly demonstrates that methamphetamine abuse treatment can function as a part of comprehensive HIV prevention efforts for gay and bisexual men with a concomitant focus on sexual and drug behaviors. Findings show the feasibility of using interventions that reduce methamphetamine use to mediate sexual risks in venues outside of traditional drug abuse treatment settings such as community HIV prevention settings. Given the growing scarcity of public funding, implementing low-cost, efficacious and evidenced-based interventions in community settings may provide an important lever for addressing public health impact.”

A copy of the intervention manual is available to clinicians through the CBAM website ( and the article citation is listed below.

Reback, C.J., Shoptaw, S. Development of an evidence-based, gay-specific cognitive behavioral therapy intervention for methamphetamine-abusing gay and bisexual men. Addictive Behaviors. 2014 Aug;39(8):1286-91. Epub 2011 Nov 26. PMCID: PMC3326187.


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