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Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says

8: Counseling and other behavioral therapies

Counseling and Other Behavioral Therapies

Counseling (individual and/or group) and other behavioral therapies are critical components of effective treatment for addiction. In therapy, patients address issues of motivation, build skills to resist drug use, replace drug-using activities with constructive and rewarding nondrug-using activities, and improve problem-solving abilities. Behavioral therapy also facilitates interpersonal relationships and the individual's ability to function in the family and community.

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National Institute of Drug Abuse (2007). 8: Counseling and other behavioral therapies. In Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/teaching-packets/understanding-drug-abuse-addiction/section-iii/8-counseling-other-behavioral-therapies

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