Therapy for addiction recovery often takes time and patience, but with the right rehab program, you can learn how to put an end to your substance abuse and avoid relapse even after your treatment is over. Call 800-483-2193 now to find rehab centers that will cater to your needs and provide you with the individualized program you require.

Why Do I Need Therapy for Addiction?

A person can’t simply stop using drugs and then be cured. Treatment for addiction is a process that requires patients to understand why they started using drugs in their place and what tactics they will need to use to avoid relapse during recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, behavioral therapies for addiction can help patients

  • Modify their attitudes and behaviors related to drug use
  • Increase healthy life skills
  • Persist with other forms of treatment, such as medication
  • Reverse some of the effects substance abuse has caused

In order for addiction treatment to be effective, it must address underlying issues along with the drug use. Without therapy, many individuals keep the same unhealthy behaviors and attitudes that led to the abuse of drugs in the first place. Recovering addicts usually can’t make long-term changes that will allow them to stay sober unless they get the help they need from professional treatment and specifically from therapy.

What Types of Behavioral Therapies Are There?


Therapy helps modify your attitude towards drug abuse.

There are many different types of behavioral therapies that have been found to be effective for addiction treatment. In fact, many individuals and their doctors work together to create a treatment plan that utilizes more than one type of therapy in order to achieve a well-rounded recovery.

Some of the most commonly used behavioral therapies for addiction rehab include

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

CBT helps patients relearn positive attitudes and behaviors so they can avoid substance abuse in the future. This program is based on the concept that the learning process plays a critical role when a person develops “maladaptive behavioral patterns” and then seeks to correct these patterns (NIDA). CBT is effective for almost every type of substance use disorder.

Contingency Management

Contingency management focuses on rerouting the reward pathways of the brain, which, after extensive drug abuse, will be wired to crave and only experience rewards from the use of dangerous substances. In this program, patients are given rewards like vouchers for drug-free goods and services or drawings for a prize every time they pass a drug test.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

MET is based on helping patients become more motivated to quit using drugs and live soberly. Often, when a person begins treatment, they have trouble with this transition, but MET is meant to encourage one’s commitment to creating a better life free of substance abuse.

The Matrix Model

The Matrix Model was specifically created to treat stimulant abusers. The program utilizes many of the same concepts that exist in other programs as well as a strong and positive relationship between counselor and patient.

Community Reinforcement Approach

CRA focuses specifically on patients who abuse cocaine or alcohol and especially on those who use both. The program can also be modified for opioid users. It usually lasts about 24 weeks, and its goal is to diminish alcohol use in those who use recreational drugs as well. It works to improve all the aspects of a person’s life so they can create a stronger recovery overall.

Learn more about the various behavioral therapy options by calling our helpline.

12-Step Facilitation Therapy

12-step facilitation therapy helps prepare patients for entering a 12-step support group. It also helps individuals understand these programs better and dispel the myths about 12-step programs. The three key concepts of the treatment (acceptance, surrender, and active involvement) are also important concepts associated with 12-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous (NIDA).

Family and Couples Therapy

These programs help patients and their loved ones work on creating a better functioning unit. The therapist helps to smooth out issues between the family members as well as to identify enabling behaviors.

Group Therapy

Group therapy allows patients to interact with other individuals who are experiencing the same issues they are. Doing so can strengthen social supports and allow individuals to see their addictions through the eyes of others.

So You’ve Gone Through Detox, What Now?

Where Can I Find Behavioral Therapy Treatments?

Some detox centers do provide behavioral therapy as part of care, but in many cases, one must attend a full addiction treatment program as well. There are two types of rehab programs for addiction: inpatient and outpatient. Those who suffer from more severe addictions––as well as other psychological or physical issues––will often need to attend inpatient care because it provides 24-hour treatment. Those who do not need this more intense option can attend outpatient care.

Some individuals also choose to simply visit a counselor in an office setting. While this can be a viable option for some, it is usually better to go through a full rehab program starting with detox when beginning addiction recovery and then to potentially attend additional counseling sessions as aftercare.

How Long Does Therapy for Addiction Treatment Last?


Attending therapy regularly can reinforce your commitment to sobriety.

The length of time you will need to attend therapy depends on a number of factors, including the severity of your addiction, the type of program you are attending, and the options you are receiving for your recovery. In most cases, though, rehab centers usually offer a number of different program lengths, including

  • 30 days
  • 60 days
  • 90 days
  • 6 months
  • 1+ years

Some residential facilities will provide long-term care to those who need it, and generally, the longer a person stays in therapy, the better their recovery will be. But for most individuals, a treatment program of at least 90 days is the recommended minimum (NIDA).

Is Medication Also Necessary?

Many individuals do choose to take medications in addition to behavioral therapy, even after their withdrawal has ended. However, most doctors would recommend that someone going through addiction treatment at least attend behavioral therapy. Programs that utilize both are usually the most effective options for recovery.

How Can I Find Behavioral Therapy for Addiction Recovery?

Seeking safe, effective addiction treatment should begin with finding a rehab center that fits your current situation. We can help you find the best option for your needs and answer any questions you have about recovery, including whether or not a facility will take your insurance. Call 800-483-2193 today.

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