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Behavioral therapy for addiction

Behavioral therapy for addiction

Behavioral therapy for addiction is a great way to deal with the emotional demands of drug abuse. This therapy can take place with a counselor or in a group. Behavioral therapy concentrates on identifying and dealing with the feelings and situations that prompted drug abuse. Various techniques employed during these counseling sessions help manage stress that may trigger a relapse. Thought processes that may have altered or led to addictive behaviors are modified through behavioral therapy.

Some of the most common behavioral therapies include:

  • Motivational enhancement therapy: this therapy takes place over a short period of time. Patients learn to form and strengthen healthy habits and make a plan that suits their needs.
  • Family therapy: this type of counseling integrates family members and spouses in the treatment process. It helps repair family relationships and improves social functioning. Research has shown that this counseling approach increases the chances of maintaining long-term sobriety. It generally yields more positive results than individual counseling.
  • Interventions: this can be either one-on-one or group counseling sessions that take place for a limited period of time. Therapists provide information about the individual’s drug abuse or drinking patterns. After the patient receives a personalized feedback, the therapist helps clients to trace attainable goals and suggesting ideas for making life changes.

Choosing a therapy for addiction is not that hard. Approaches that avoid confrontation and focus on empathy generally work best. However, it might take more than motivational support to convince someone that he or she needs to change these addictive behaviors. Other therapeutic approaches are also available at these recovery treatment centers which may include holistic therapies such as nutritional guidance, exercise, yoga, massage therapy, art therapy, auricular acupuncture, chiropractic care, and biofeedback.

Cognitive behavioral therapy offers many benefits when combined with substance abuse treatment.   Discover which programs may be beneficial to assist you at 815-531-1829.