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How does cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) work?

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Cognitive behavioral therapy -- or CBT -- teaches a person how to recognize moods, thoughts, and situations that stimulate drug craving. A therapist helps the person avoid these triggers, and replace negative thoughts and feelings with healthier ones that are more consistent with sobriety.

The skills learned in cognitive behavioral therapy can last a lifetime, making it a potentially powerful method of drug abuse treatment. However, not all therapists are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, which can be complex.

From: Counseling and Addiction WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 28, 2017

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Carroll, K.M. 2005. American Journal of Psychiatry,

Dennis, M. , December 2007. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice

FDA. "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

Harvard Mental Health Letter, "Treating opiate addiction, part II: Alternatives to maintenance," January 2005.

Medline Plus: "Opiate withdrawal."

Narcotics Anonymous web site.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction."

National Library of Medicine, "Estimating the Client Costs of Addiction Treatment: First Findings from the Client DATCAP."

O'Brien, C. , 2008. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Van den Brink, W. 2006. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry,

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 28, 2017

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