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Alcohol use and anxiety disorder frequently co-occur. Despite this, no research has satisfactorily examined the effect of alcoholism treatment on anxiety states. The effect of Relapse Prevention (RP) treatment on alcohol dependence and co-morbid panic disorder in a single case was therefore examined. RP reduced alcohol intake and anxiety levels, and eliminated panic attacks, although carrying alcohol to prevent panic attack remained. Belief change was achieved when this behaviour was eliminated. Results are consistent with a "feed-forward" model of co-morbidity. The need for further research exploring RP and co-morbid anxiety disorder is emphasized, as is work examining alcohol-related safety-seeking behaviour.

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Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

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