Behavioral Treatment Programs

The most common treatment plan for OTC drug abuse is participation in a behavioral treatment program. Put simply, behavioral treatment programs teach people with addictions to change their behaviors so they are less likely to repeat those that led to addiction in the first place. Unfortunately, nothing about addiction is simple. Though behavioral treatment programs do help those with addictions find ways to avoid behaviors that can cause a relapse, they also need to help them discover what led to those behaviors initially. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps the individuals recognize how thought patterns influence behaviors. With therapy, individuals learn how to change negative thought patterns, thereby changing behaviors. Individual and family therapy can help the person with addiction and those around her learn how to live with and as a recovering addict. Therapy can also help the addicted individual and her associates handle relapses since most people do relapse at some point during recovery.

Behavioral treatment programs also help those with addictions handle life without the OTC medication, including the depression that sometimes comes with quitting the drug.

One reason individuals begin to abuse OTC medications is their availability. It is highly likely that the recovering abuser will have to come face-to-face with his drug of choice at some point in the future. After all, these

No magic pill exists to cure dependence on DXM.

are legitimate medications for which there is a recognized medical purpose. These individuals may also have the need for such medications at some time. Behavioral treatment programs will help such individuals learn to deal with that issue as well.

In general, behavioral treatment programs often begin with a period of inpatient treatment. Depending on the length, severity, and drug of addiction, inpatient treatment can be short-term (usually a minimum of thirty days) or long-term residential. At first, some programs allow inpatients to have minimal—if any—contact with the "outside world." They concentrate on learning about themselves and their relationship with the drug. Later, family and perhaps close friends are encouraged to participate in the treatment program.

Continue reading here: Pharmacological Treatment Programs

Was this article helpful?

0 0