This project will investigate the feasibility, acceptability, effect sizes, and therapeutic mechanisms of a novel, mindfulness-oriented cognitive therapy (MOCT) intervention for alcohol dependence, focusing on how attentional processes impact craving. A randomized control group design will be used, with 24 adult alcohol dependent persons per group. The MOCT arm will participate in 8 weekly 2 hour group sessions, in addition to daily 30-minute sessions of recorded, guided meditation practice at home. The control arm will participate in a time-matched, alcohol dependence support group, in addition to daily journaling on addiction-related themes. Measures will be taken at 1 and 2 weeks pre-intervention, the 5-week midpoint, and 1 and 12 weeks post-intervention. Self-report questionnaires, the addiction-Stroop test, and visual probe task will be used to assess process and outcome. 1 week pre- and post-intervention salivation will be measured during exposure to olfactory and visual alcohol cues, with samples assayed for cortisol levels.
Mind & Life Connections
Sheila Kinkade • October 27, 2020