Psychotherapy is effective in recovery from drug addiction, when used in conjunction with other treatment modalities, as it helps the person with addiction uncover what contributes to their addiction, learn coping strategies to deal with stress and negative emotions without resorting to addiction, and maintain long-term sobriety.
Psychotherapy helps the person with addiction change their attitudes and behaviours regarding addiction, engages them in their treatment, equips them with skills to cope with stress and triggers, and helps maintain sobriety.
The number of sessions required depends on the how much time each individual takes to achieve and gain confidence in maintaining their sobriety. Follow up sessions after recovery are still advisable to support the individual maintain sobriety.
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