Kathy Sexton-Radek

Kathy Sexton-Radek

Elmhurst College, USA

Title: Behavioral interventions compared to medical only interventions for substance use disorders


Kathy Sexton-Radek, PhD, CBSM completed her Doctorate of Philosophy in the area of Clinical Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL in 1988. She interned at Rush Medical Center as a Behavioral Medicine Resident. She has been in academia for 26 years developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate psychology courses. Her private practice work as Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness for the last 26 years has focused on assessment and treatment in areas of sleep disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, somatic symptoms disorders and psychological factors affecting medical illness disorders. She is a Certified Behavioral Sleep Medicine specialist and has Sleep Board eligibility. \\r\\n\\r\\n


A summary of the behavioral interventions used to treat substance use disorder will be presented. The literature indicates efficacy with a number of approaches that are applied in the private practice and inpatient settings. The differences between the implementations of approaches will be discussed. Varying degrees of successful outcome exist by substance use disorder –substance type. The comparison to medical interventions will be made and areas of need will be identified. Finally, the some clinical impressions on future directions will be discussed.

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