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Turning Point webinar “Pushing away your poison”

Oct 8, 2020

Associate Professor Victoria Manning recently presented a webinar on cognitive training for the treatment of substance use disorders titled “Pushing away your poison”.

The presentation includes an overview of the different types of cognitive training methods and then goes on to detail the findings of a recent research project based on a particular form of cognitive training called cognitive bias modification (CBM). This fascinating research involves participants using a joystick to “push” away images of their drug of choice displayed on a computer monitor, and to “pull” forward healthier alternatives. The theory is that this cognitive training can change some of the underlying drivers of addictive behaviours. The CBM cognitive training method has shown positive outcomes in reducing relapse rates for people with substance use disorders. 

Watch the “Pushing away your poison” webinar here. (58 minutes)