Most treatment centers advertise the use of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, etc…

Traditional drug addiction treatment programs use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). CBT is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and thoughts. It focuses on solutions, encouraging individuals to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior. (DBT) is often used for those struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders and substance abuse. The goal of DBT is to transform negative thinking patterns and destructive behaviors into positive outcomes. It teaches clients to incorporate mindfulness, distress tolerance skills and interpersonal effectiveness. This therapy aims to improve self-esteem, encourage addicts and alcoholics to remove triggers from their lives and provide skills to manage stress.

Many drug addicts and alcoholics don’t stay sober after their first treatment attempt. Individuals often attend 4 or more treatment programs in their lives. The incorporation of alternative treatment methods has increased the success rate of long-term sobriety. Some of the newer modalities include:

• Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, therapeutic conversation between the therapist and client that addresses the problem of ambivalence for change. The purpose of MI is to strengthen the client’s own motivation and commitment to change in a manner that is consistent with the client’s values. Rather than imposing particular changes, therapists will “meet the client where the client is” and help them move toward their goals by building on their readiness to change.

• Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) helps clients identify, challenge and replace destructive thoughts with healthier ones.

• Experiential Therapy uses non-traditional treatment methods to help addicts overcome repressed emotions that may have contributed to their addiction. Examples of experiential therapy include rock-climbing, wilderness therapy, and ropes courses.

• Psychodrama is an active and creative therapeutic approach that uses guided drama and role playing to work through problems.

• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) helps clients recover from traumatic experiences by using ‘dual stimulation’ exercises to discuss past trauma while simultaneously engaging other parts of the brain through bilateral eye movements, tones or tapping. This helps heal the brain’s information processing system and promotes emotional stability and symptom reduction.

• Somatic Experiencing (SE) aims at relieving symptoms of post-traumatic-stress-disorder and other trauma-related problems by focusing on the client’s perceived body sensations (or somatic experiences.)
There are a variety of additional modalities used to treat drug addiction and alcoholism. It proves that no one method works either independently or for every person.

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