Resource: Getting Off Manual

Getting Off: A Behavioral Treatment Intervention for Gay and Bisexual Male Methamphetamine Users”

This 8 week, 24-session cognitive behavioral therapy intervention is designed to reduce substance use and high-risk sexual behaviors among gay and bisexual male methamphetamine users. The core elements of the intervention include teaching skills to identify triggers to relapse, interrupt cravings for drug use, and return to abstinence should relapse occur. Drug use reduction skills include thought stopping, craving management, and relapse analysis. Skills for reducing sexual risk behaviors include identifying sexual triggers, using visualization, “urge surfing,” and thought-stopping techniques to reduce combined drug and sexual cravings.


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