Currently behavioral couples therapy bct is a family therapy method with strong research support for its effectiveness in substance abuse epstein mccrady 1998 this article describes typical bct treatment methods and gives an overview of results of studies of bct first in alcoholism and then the more recent work on bct for drug abuse. 1 j subst abuse treat 2000 jan18151 4 behavioral couples therapy for alcoholism and drug abuse ofarrell tj1 fals stewart w author information 1harvard university psychiatry department at the veterans affairs medical center brockton ma 02301 usa timothy ofarrellhmsharvardedu behavioral couples therapy bct sees the substance abusing patient with the spouse to arrange a . Behavioral couples therapy bct sees the substance abusing patient with the spouse to arrange a daily sobriety contract in which the patient states his or her intent not to drink or use drugs and the spouse expresses support for the patients efforts to stay abstinent first bct for both alcoholism and drug abuse produces more . Nearly 25 years ago the national institute on alcohol abuse and alcoholism hailed couple and family therapy as one of the most outstanding current advances in the area of psychotherapy of alcoholism and called for controlled studies to test these promising methods currently behavioral couples therapy bct is the family therapy method with the strongest research support for its
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