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Overview

There are many psychotherapeutic approaches that are effective for addiction treatment. These include – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This approach teaches the individual to recognize their triggers, the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that accompany them, and replace them with healthy ones. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). This approach focuses on helping curb the individual’s use of substances and boost healthy behaviours that reduce the craving to use substances. Motivational Interviewing (MI). This approach is aimed at enhancing an individual’s motivation by making use of what is important to them, for instance their family, or return to work. Contingency Management Therapy. This approach reinforces sobriety by giving the individual rewards for staying sober such as vouchers, privileges in a rigid treatment environment, etc. Couple and Family Therapy. Involving family members in treatment can act as a great support system, speeding up recovery for the individual. It can also help lessen the negative impact of your addiction on their lives.

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How effective is Psychotherapy for Addiction?

Psychotherapy is effective assisting the individual with addiction replace their maladaptive patterns of thoughts and behaviours associated with their addiction and achieve and maintain sobriety.

What are the benefits of Psychotherapy for Addiction?

The various benefits of psychotherapy for addiction include –

  • Maintain adherence to treatment,
  • Provide positive reinforcement for achieving and maintaining sobriety,
  • Modify behaviours and attitudes that contribute to one’s addiction,
  • Learn to manage triggers leading to intense craving of the substance,
  • Enhance motivation to live a sober life.

How many numbers of sessions are required? 

The number of psychotherapy sessions required would be different for each individual depending on their unique condition, the severity of their condition, as well as their response to the psychotherapy sessions.