More than 30 years of research have shown this to be true. Behavioral therapies can engage people in treatment, modify their attitudes and behaviors related to drug abuse, and increase their life skills. Medications are now available to treat opioid, alcohol, and tobacco addiction, while others are on the horizon. Behavioral therapies can enhance the effectiveness of these medications and can help people stay in treatment longer.
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.