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Behavioral Therapy for Addiction

There are many different types of therapy for those of us dealing with addiction. How will you know what is right for you? Sometimes it just comes down to trial and error, while other times a bit of research can give you an excellent idea of how a particular therapy works and whether it might be effective for you.

Behavioral Therapy, as the name suggests, is any therapy that aims to improve or positively change an individual’s behavior. When a person’s behaviors are self-destructive and unhealthy or harmful, Behavioral Therapy may be suggested to replace those negative behaviors with positive actions.

There are several ways in which Behavioral Therapy creates positive outcomes. First, it maintains a high level of interaction between the patient and the therapist. It is critical that the patient be actively involved in the treatment process. Behavioral Therapy also provides an incentive to the patient for protecting their sobriety. These therapies also analyze the thought process and determine if certain behaviors and attitudes are helpful or hurtful in recovery. Behavioral Therapy also strives to teach life skills to patients that promote lifelong sobriety.

There are many types of therapies that rely on the principles of Behavioral Therapy such as Contingency Management, Family Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Contingency Management focuses on positive reinforcement of healthy behavior. Family Behavioral Therapy involves not only the patient but also the family. It becomes a process where everyone participates. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy deals with the patient’s thought process. Changing the way someone thinks about drugs or alcohol can effectively change their behavior.

These are just a few of the myriad of therapies available for those of us struggling with addiction. If none of these seem like the best way for you to create change in your own life, stay positive, as there are so many other options. The first step is to recognize the need for change, and the next step is to make the call. Get the help you need today and call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080. Villa Tranquil is an addiction recovery facility that offers an environment of serenity while you prepare yourself for the transition from your primary treatment facility back to your home. With an educated and supportive staff, Villa Tranquil can provide the support you need to commit to a life of sobriety. You can do this, make the call today.