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Treating the Behavioral Components of Addiction

Treating the Behavioral Components of Addiction

The behavioral side of addiction treatment is a crucial part of the recovery process. When patients actively confront the reasons behind their addictions, they stay in treatment longer and have higher success rates. Do not think that you are finished when you break the physical addiction; addicts require considerable time to break the habits they developed while abusing drugs.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Recovering drug addicts often receive some form of talk therapy to discuss why they first abused drugs and how to avoid doing so in the future. Whether on an individual or group basis, talk therapy guides patients through the triggers behind addiction, and it offers tactics for making better choices in the future. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes the following forms of outpatient therapy:

  • Cognitive–behavioral therapy—This gives people tools to identify the situations that lead to addiction, and it offers strategies for avoiding and handling problems in the future
  • Multidimensional family therapy—This therapy was developed for adolescents who struggle with drug abuse. It includes discussing the factors that influence drug abuse, and it seeks to improve the way families relate to each other.
  • Motivational interviewing—This technique finds the most effective ways to encourage addicts to seek treatment and start making positive choices.
  • Motivational incentives (contingency management)—This approach works to keep people abstinent by motivating them with goals and other positive reinforcements.

All of these treatment approaches produce good outcomes, so addicts must find the treatment method that works best for them.

Residential Addiction Treatment

Patients with severe addictions benefit from residential programs. These treatment centers provide highly focused living environments for long periods of time, such as six to 12 months. While being treated at an addiction facility, patients live with a community of people who struggle with similar issues. Furthermore, they often talk with counselors who have overcome addiction. The community at a treatment center encourages change, and the NIDA notes the following benefits of residential programs:

  • Patients are exposed to new attitudes about addiction
  • Treatment centers are especially effective for individuals who have long addiction histories, were involved in criminal activity and have trouble socializing
  • More and more treatment centers are open to women who are pregnant or have children, giving more women the chance to seek recovery.

If these methods sound best for you, get help today finding the best treatment for your specific needs.

Help Finding Addiction Treatment

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