Overcoming drug addiction can be difficult. In some cases, using medication is not an option; rather, therapy can be a superior option.
Individual vs. Group Therapy
Group therapy is generally chosen over individual therapy in cases of drug treatment. In group therapy, a person is more likely to be challenged and supported by others in recovery.
Programs like Narcotics Anonymous and other 12-step plans are the most popular. Individual therapy can be helpful in cases of dual diagnosis.
Outpatient vs. Residential Treatment
Residential therapy allows an addict to temporarily escape the environment in which they became addicted; in this case, a person retreats to a specialized facility for a period of time. This type of treatment can be helpful in the short time, but can become extremely expensive in the long run. Additionally, there is some debate as to whether residential programs lead to longer abstinence from prescription drug abuse than outpatient therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This type of therapy teaches a person how to recognize moods and thoughts associated with drug cravings. Through therapy, an addict learns how to avoid such triggers. Because the skills learned in cognitive behavioral therapy can last a lifetime, it can be a powerful form of drug abuse treatment.
Contingency Management Therapy
In this type of therapy, a drug addict receives positive incentives for staying clean like vouchers for goods and services. This therapy is effective in drug rehab studies, but can be costly or ineffective when incentives end.
Couples and Family Therapy
These types of therapy involve not only the addict but their family, as addiction can affect more than the addict’s life. Additionally, strong relationships with family and friends can build a positive support system that’s needed for recovery. In this type of therapy, family members and friends can act as a powerful force for change, increase the likelihood a person will stay in therapy and heal the damage of their life inflicted upon it by the addict.