Drug addiction treatments have been improving over the last decade. Some treatments to consider include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which helps reduce negative thinking. Motivational Interviewing that helps you to understand why you use and the possible benefits of quitting. Suboxone is also another newer treatment used to help with opiate addiction and withdrawal.
Two psychotherapy techniques that can be helpful as drug addiction treatments are:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
CBT is, as its name implies, therapy that uses your negative thoughts/cognition (how you think about your addiction) to change your behavior in a positive direction. For example, lets say your use because you can't get a job and you believe you don't have anything to look forward to.
CBT helps you to understand your negative thoughts, and learn how to get a more realistic view of your potential. So rather than “I have no future”, a more realistic thought might be “I need to go back to school so that I can have a future”.
Once you decide that you can have a future your negative thoughts change and you become more open and willing to stop using. This is a very simplistic example of CBT, but it gives you an idea of what happens in CBT and how you might benefit from this type of therapy.
Another type of therapy is MI, which is a goal-oriented, collaborative discussion about your addiction that draws upon your own reasons and motivations for positive change. MI helps you to begin to discuss the pros and cons of your addiction and understand what you might need to consider and you move toward ending your addiction.
In this type of therapy, you create a list of pros and cons for using your drug of choice. Your MI coach would help you to understand why you use and help you to figure out what would motivate you to stop using. Because your MI coach isn't judging you and supports your view of your life, you can have positive change-directed conversations to figure out what you need to do to stop using.
Both CBT and MI can be beneficial as tools to help learn how to move out of addiction and into sobriety.
Suboxone support ending an opiate addiction
Suboxone and Subutex are two drugs used to manage opiste dependence. The active ingredient in both drugs is something called buprenorphine hydrochloride, which is used to lessen the symptoms of opiate withdrawal and dependence. The difference between the two drugs is the ingredient naloxone, which is added to Suboxone as a guard against misuse. Subutex is administered only in the first days of treatment and Suboxone is used thereafter for maintenance. That is why the naloxone is added as a detergent against abuse.
These newer drug addiction treatments are improving the success rate for people trying to end their dependence on a particular drug or alcohol, but they're not a silver bullet. There continues to be no cure for addiction, but hard work and good therapeutic support, recovery is possible.