There are many types of therapy for drug abuse and addiction that have shown to be successful in developing healthy habits. Many therapies have extensive research to back them up.
Here are just a few examples of the options.Behavioral Therapies
This is a general category of therapies that are the most common in treating substance abuse and addiction.
The therapies can focus on motivating a person to change and providing incentives for abstinence, building skills to resist drug use, replacing drug-related activities with more constructive activities, learning problem-solving skills, and developing better interpersonal relationships. The skills learned in behavioral therapies
are more likely to become a natural part of the person’s lifestyle when encouraged by a peer or community group, family therapy or long-term counseling.Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This therapy is a specific type of behavioral therapy that helps individuals identify the triggers that prompt them to use drugs or alcohol. The person learns to redirect their thoughts and reactions away from using that substance. Skills learned in CBT have been found to lead people to make healthier choices for the long-term. Much research has been done on CBT and it is one of the most recognized types of therapy found to be effective in treating
substance abuse and addiction.Motivational Interviewing
This technique can be effective in treating addiction because a lack of motivation to quit can often be an initial
barrier to breaking the cycle of substance abuse. An experienced therapist helps determine the person’s readiness for changing their behavior. Some people think their substance abuse isn’t a serious problem and “I can stop an time I want to.” Some people just don’t want to give up what they consider the pleasant physical or psychological sensations that come with the use of drugs. The counseling sessions that determine motivation can help prepare the person to change by overcoming resistance or fear and increasing the person’s own desire to change, the critical element in overcoming addiction.Other therapy options
The wide range of treatment options for substance abuse and addiction can include in-patient treatment,
medication, family therapy and a combination of strategies that can include skills such as mindfulness. The most important step is contacting a therapist trained and experienced in drug addiction and substance abuse treatment who is qualified to help a person develop a plan to overcome addiction and create a path to healing.Long-term follow-up
Substance abuse and addiction arise from complex emotional and physical sources, so long-term counseling is often a part of solidifying a healthy lifestyle and preventing relapse. Addiction and substance abuse are common and many people find treatment and experience recovery, making way for a healthy and satisfying life that’s good for the individual, as well as family, friends and community.