Those who suffer from substance abuse disorder know how much the wrong habits can turn life upside down. Fortunately, clinicians have created many proven treatment methods for addiction over the past several decades. From behavioral therapies to pharmaceutical interventions, the list below contains the six of the most effective addiction treatment strategies available today.
1. The 12-Step Program
Famous for helping those with alcoholism obtain and maintain sobriety, the 12-step program is a therapeutic method that relies on the power of social interaction and cognitive reframing. Invented by Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, this program includes group therapy sessions designed to help those with a substance abuse disorder develop a sense of responsibility and accountability. The program also contains a mentorship component that pairs every member of the program with a dedicated sponsor.
2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT has its roots in the research of Ivan Pavlov, B.F. Skinner, and several other famous psychologists near the early part of the 20th century. In summary, cognitive behavioral therapy centers itself around the belief that substance abuse disorder arises from distortions in the way that a person thinks about the world. According to proponents of CBT, every behavior stems from or produces a unique set of resulting thoughts. These thoughts, in turn, interact with a person’s emotional system to drive further behaviors. By challenging and altering the beliefs that are producing substance abuse, CBT seeks to replace destructive habits with more productive behavioral cycles.
Detoxification is the process by which a person who has been engaging in substance abuse ceases using the abused substance under the guidance of a qualified professional. Oftentimes, detoxification occurs at a location outside of the substance abuser’s normal environment. As the abstinence period progresses, cravings begin to cease and new behavioral patterns can take hold.
4. Contingency Management (CM)
CM is similar to CBT in several major respects. Mainly, both forms of therapy seek to alter behavior by adjusting a person’s emotional feedback loops. Contingency management therapy seeks to achieve its end goal by providing positive incentives for maintaining sobriety. In this respect, CM is more directly aligned with the work of early behavioral psychologists. One of the most common forms of CM therapy is a voucher-based system that awards prizes to those who can demonstrate a negative drug test result.
5. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Many substances have corresponding medications that are effective for eliminating cravings. During a course of medication-assisted treatment, a person seeking sobriety will use these medications in conjunction with other forms of therapy. Frequently, medication-assisted treatment involves simultaneously enrolling in a 12-step program or beginning CBT with a licensed psychologist. In addition, mat can increase the effectiveness of many detox programs.
6. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Invented by psychotherapist Albert Ellis over 60 years ago, REBT uses a three-step model of substance abuse. In this respect, it is also similar to CBT. Where REBT differs from CBT, however, is that emphasizes understanding the consequences of one’s actions. In addition, REBT places a larger emphasis on the development of problem-solving skills and decision-making skills.
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At Paramount Recovery, we offer a variety of proven treatment options, including CBT and MAT, for those suffering from substance abuse. Our compassionate team can help you advance on your journey to sobriety, and we encourage you to reach out to us today.
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