The theory of planned behavior and its applications to the field of substance use
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© 2014 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. The theory of planned behavior (TPB) is one of the most widely applicable, and frequently utilized, models of human behavior. The TPB provides a theoretical framework for assessing potential determinants of behavior; such information can then be used to guide the creation of targeted interventions. Despite the fact that the TPB is especially relevant to substance use, particularly substance use disorders (SUDs), its applications to this field have been rather limited, both with respect to substances examined, and the implementation of such findings in behavioral-change interventions. Given the costs associated with substance abuse, from both a personal and societal standpoint, it is critical that resources allocated to prevention efforts are used efficiently. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that individuals with SUDs are properly targeted for treatment, and are properly motivated to undergo treatment and receive evidence-based therapies. The TPB is capable of providing a foundation for initiatives aimed at incentivizing patients with SUDs to either initiate, or return to treatment, and providers of SUD therapy to increase utilization of effective therapies.
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