Online Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Comorbid Sleep Problems in Alcohol Use Disorder

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Karolinska Institutet
Updated on 7 October 2022
behavior therapy
behavioral therapy
cognitive therapy
addiction treatment service
sleep problem


The main goal is to study the effects of internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy with minimum guidance for comorbid sleep problems in alcohol use disorder, in routine addiction care.


Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is highly prevalent and a major contributor to the global burden of disease. Insomnia symptoms are very common among individuals with AUD, including those in recovery, which may in turn promote alcohol relapse. Specialization and silo phenomena in healthcare organization, separating addiction from other types of psychiatric care, means that individuals with AUD and comorbid sleep problems often have difficulty accessing evidence-treatment for the latter. Offering online treatment for sleep problems to individuals enrolled in traditional routine addiction care is an attractive and pragmatic approach to offering parallel treatments covering the full clinical presentation, which has not yet been evaluated. This pilot and feasibility trial will recruit n=25 from patients in routine addiction care with comorbid sleep problems and AUD, who will complete an online, ten-module, CBT-based treatment program with minimum guidance for sleep problems, tailored for individuals with AUD.

Condition Alcohol Use Disorder, Insomnia, Sleep Disorder, Dyssomnias
Treatment Cognitive behavior therapy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04402619
SponsorKarolinska Institutet
Last Modified on7 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Enrolled patient at Stockholm Center for Dependency Disorders
Diagnosed alcohol use disorder
Self-rated sleep problem

Exclusion Criteria

Addiction to sedative or hypnotic medication
Psychoactive medication not yet 3-month stable in dose
Bipolar disorder
Psychotic disorder
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
Sleep apnea
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