- Integrated treatment for substance abuse and partner violence (I-StoP): a case study
- Clinical Case Studies
- Volume | Issue number
- 13 | 3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Substance use disorders and intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration frequently co-occur, and it has been hypothesized that alcohol use and IPV perpetration are causally related. This led to the development of an Integrated treatment for Substance abuse and Partner violence (I-StoP). This case study describes the treatment of Henry, who repeatedly abused his partner and was diagnosed with alcohol and cannabis dependence. Treatment with I-StoP was highly successful with respect to IPV: At posttreatment and 6 months follow-up, no IPV had taken place. However, Henry had not changed substance use. This can be explained by the spurious model that states that a third variable, such as inadequate problem-solving skills (which was addressed in I-StoP), may be responsible for both IPV and substance abuse. In addition, Henry’s partner was involved in treatment and became more assertive and, in contrast, he did change substance use. This case study illustrates that IPV is a very complex problem and that it is important to involve the partner.
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