European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association (EUROPAD)

European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association (EUROPAD)

The 2018 European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association (EUROPAD) takes place in Krakow, Poland

Professor Riaz Khan in collaboration with
the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM)
organises the symposium titled

“Hot topics in Substance Use Disorder patients”

and talks alongside Dr Christos Kouimtsidis
at the 2018

European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association (EUROPAD)

on Sunday 27th of May at 12:00.


  • Prof Riaz Khan will give a talk on

Public health approach as the basis for addiction policy, the Swiss report on the challenge of addictions.

Current addiction policies in most European countries including Switzerland consist primarily of a range of separate policies on alcohol, tobacco and illegal psychoactive substances. There is little or no coordination between these policy sectors.

The Swiss report on the Challenge of Addiction is a contribution towards an integrated understanding of the addiction dilemma. The report highlights the basis of a public health approach as the fundamental foundation for an addiction policy. From a health policy perspective, the aim is to broaden the scope of addiction policy in Switzerland by its strategic focus and system towards delivering services.

The report recommends ten principles which are intended to contribute to a coherent policy response to the problematic use of all psychoactive substances and to behaviours with addictive potential.


  • Dr Christos Kouimtsidis will address the issue:

Could and should Cognitive Behaviour models being applied across substance misuse groups; are there more differences than commonalities?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy models are used in the treatment of addictions across different substances of abuse although there is little evidence available to support such approach.  These models are based on Expectancy theory which argues that positive outcome expectancies and negative outcome expectancies are important for the initiation, maintenance and recovery from addiction.

Despite the above common theoretical background measuring instruments for basic concepts such as outcome expectancies have been developed and validated for each of the substances separately.

In this session we present data from the first ever attempt to develop an outcome expectancies questionnaire for smokers, alcohol, opioid and stimulant users in treatment (Substance Use Beliefs Questionnaire). Furthermore we will discuss if these data support the propositions about the assumed causal relationships deduced from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy models and they support one model better than others for each one of the substance groups.