Compatibility With Other Treatments

Brief-TSF may be utilised in combination with supportive pharmacotherapy; for example, craving reduction medications.

While recognising the existence of multiple problems of adjustment in most problem drinkers (e.g., marital conflict, family dysfunction), Brief-TSF advocates pursuing the goal of early recovery as primary, delaying most other therapies if necessary, until the client has achieved approximately 6 months of sobriety.

The primary exceptions to this recommendation would be emergency or incapacitating medical treatment, debilitating depression or other major affective disorder, or a psychotic disorder, which would take precedence over Brief-TSF.

Brief-TSF is not compatible with treatments based on notions of controlled use.

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