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Intensive and Behavioral Modification Treatment Models in Addictions

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When people first enter addictions treatment, they may need a substantial amount of support as well as assistance with learning new methods of coping with situations that influence their substance abuse. Intensive and behavioral modification treatment models provide this help and support. People who are in need of this level of care can call 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? to begin the process of enrolling in a qualified treatment facility.

Intensive Therapy for Substance Abuse

Although the most intensive treatment is provided on an inpatient basis, people can get intensive therapy on an outpatient basis after leaving a rehab clinic or if they do not require hospitalization. Intensive addictions treatment provides therapy throughout the week, rather than once weekly or monthly like in standard outpatient therapy.

An intensive program is usually short term, as well. Depending on the number of sessions and level of care needed, the program may last six weeks to six months. Some facilities also offer high-level intensive treatment lasting only a few days. People who continue to need the support are usually permitted to repeat a program or are referred to other services.

Behavioral Modification in Addictions

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Alcohol addiction treatment is a challenging task. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over half of all Americans over the age of 13 have used alcohol at some point in their lives. With a statistic like this, it is not surprising that many individuals are suffering from alcohol abuse. Successful treatment programs vary depending on the individual and most often require a combination of treatment methods.

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Intensive and behavioral modification treatments go hand in hand. One of the most common and effective therapies in addictions is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). While the cognitive aspect addresses maladaptive thoughts and beliefs, the behavioral aspect focuses on habits and actions. CBT helps people work through the thoughts and situations that influence their substance abuse.

Behavioral modification can help people handle peer pressure and conflicts in relationships; these are two stressors that can make it difficult for people to abstain from drug use. Behavioral therapy may include role-playing with the therapist or other members in a group therapy setting. This helps people practice the coping and conflict resolution skills they acquire during cognitive therapy and hence helps them deal with similar situations in real-life scenarios outside of treatment.

Because anxiety in certain situations can trigger the urge to use, behavioral therapy may also include flooding or systematic desensitization to help people deal with anxiety-inducing situations. Flooding overloads the person with the distressing stimuli, whereas systematic desensitization gradually introduces it. For example, a person who feels uneasy in crowds when not drinking could be flooded by sitting in a heavily crowded area all day. He could be desensitized by going in for 10 minutes one day, and then 20 minutes the next day, and so on.

People are not put into these types of situations without having therapy and learning new coping strategies beforehand. Therapists also accompany people during this type of behavioral modification treatment to help them through it.

Relapse prevention is another aspect of behavioral therapy in addictions treatment. People are encouraged to consider the types of situations that may trigger a relapse, and then they practice managing those situations. Therapists also help people develop and practice a plan of action for when they cannot overcome urges to use.