Behavioral therapies help people in treatment to modify their attitudes and behaviors related to drug or alcohol use. Consequently, patients are able to cope with stress and triggers that could increase the risk of relapse. Behavioral therapies increase the effectiveness of medications and help people remain in treatment longer (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH).
Contingency therapy uses positive reinforcement. This type of therapy includes providing rewards for remaining sober, attending and participating in counseling sessions, or taking treatment medications as prescribed. Contingency therapy rewards patients for negative drug testing results and staying sober. The reward might be movie tickets, gym membership, coupons, or other prize. This type of therapy produces positive thinking and strengthens a person’s determination for recovery.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy. It helps addiction specialists implement strategies for improving treatment response. This therapy is used to help users identify high-risk situations, where he or she might have a tendency to participate in addictive behaviors. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps a person understand why he or she used drugs or alcohol in the first place. This type of therapy can reveal any underlying issues and that led to addiction. Knowing the cause for addiction helps a person to learn how to replace his or her addictive behaviors with healthy choices.
Neurofeedback is a type of holistic therapy designed to enhance recovery. JN Demos, author of Getting Started with Neurofeedback (2005), describes neurofeedback as “a therapeutic method designed to train the mind and body to act in a more optimal way in order to improve emotional, cognitive, physical, and behavioral experiences.”
Somatic therapy combines talk therapy with alternative methods of physical therapy. The theory behind somatic therapy is that the mind, body, spirit, and emotions are all related and connected to each other. Through developing awareness of the mind-body connection and using specific interventions, somatic therapy helps you to release the tension, anger, frustration and other emotions that remain in your body from these past negative experiences (Psychology Today).
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