This manual is intended to help implement Building Recovery by Improving Goals, Habits, and Thoughts (BRIGHT). BRIGHT is a group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program for individuals with depression and co-occurring alcohol and drug use problems. The program allows health providers with little to no training in professional mental health counseling to deliver evidence-based depression treatment to individuals who seldom receive it. The current publication was adapted from the May 2000 revision of the “Manual for Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Major Depression: A Reality Management Approach” (Muñoz et al., 2000) by Watkins et al. In addition to modules covering thoughts, activities, and people, Watkins et al. added a module on substance abuse. Click here to view the results of their study, "An Effectiveness Trial of Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Patients With Persistent Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Treatment". These manuals were sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and were developed by RAND Health.
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