The Importance of Addressing Core Psychological Issues in Drug Addiction Treatment

To address addiction effectively, any substance abuse treatment facility would also need to address these psychological issues.
There are many reasons for the development of addictions, one of them may be to medicate an underlying psychological issue such as an attempt to manage stress, anxiety, obsessive compulsive behaviors, trauma from past experiences, suffering from long term illnesses, and eating disorders such as anorexia.

To address addiction effectively, any substance abuse treatment facility would also need to address these psychological issues.  It has been proven that drug rehabilitation centers that also focus on the treatment of these core psychological issues have a higher rate of success in achieving full recovery of individuals seeking treatment for drug addiction.

There are many ways to go about addressing these core psychological issues, one way is with behavior therapy. Behavior therapy can assist patients to engage in the treatment procedure, help change their attitudes and behaviors that are drug related, and help them to employ healthy life skills in their daily activities. Behavior therapy has also been shown to enhance the degree of success of the detox treatment and also encourages individuals to maintain sobriety after treatment. There are a variety of behavioral treatments that can be employed by rehab centers to help treat some of the core psychological issues that are pertinent to substance abuse and addiction. They include:

Cognitive behavioral therapy

This treatment helps to improve the behavior of an individual recovering from substance abuse by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.  It assists the patient to recognize, avoid, and managed situations that may lure them back to drug abuse.

Therapeutic communities

Therapeutic communities utilizes a group-based approach to treat those suffering from extreme drug addiction issues.  It influences the attitudes, personalities and behaviors that are common with those struggling with drug abuse. In a therapeutic community, treatment is conducted concurrently with persistent testing, and encourages sobriety among the individuals undergoing recovery. It also helps the patients adjust positively to the new drug-free way of living through the support of their peers in recovery.

The matrix model

This approach to treatment uses a variety of approaches to treat substance dependence including Cognitive behavioral, Motivational therapy, Couples and family therapy, Individual and group therapy and may also include Twelve Step facilitation and social support along with psychotropic medications.  The objective of the treatment is to influence the perception of individuals towards themselves. It uses positive reinforcements as a strategy of luring patients to better their behaviors.

Behavioral couple’s therapy

Behavioral couples therapy (BCT), attempts to reduce substance abuse directly and through restructuring the dysfunctional couple interactions that frequently help sustain it.

Drug rehabilitation centers that incorporate treatment programs which attempts to address the core psychological issues that are the root causes of addiction are more effective in achieving full recovery for drug addicts.

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