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Spotlight on treatments: Cognitive behavioral therapy

Spotlight on treatments: Cognitive behavioral therapy

Many types of behavioral therapy can help addicts remain on the path of recovery, but cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most common and effective. The basic approach to CBT therapy is teaching addicts skills to help them enhance their self-control and anticipate problems (National Institute on Drug Abuse). The “cognitive” part of the name refers to changing the way that the patient thinks, and “behavioral” refers to the changes that result in the patient’s behavior as a consequence. Treatment usually takes the form of intensive, one-on-one sessions with a therapist, but it can also be done with family members, groups or a mixture of the three.  Continue reading