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Treating the Behavioral Components of Addiction

Treating the Behavioral Components of AddictionWhile addiction can devastate a person’s physical health, it also interjects in his general patterns of behavior as the drug can quickly take over the mind. When someone finally seeks treatment, it not only clears his system of drugs, but it also teaches him how his behaviors affected the addiction.

How Rehab Treats Addiction

Addiction treatment addresses the following behavioral issues.

  • Compulsions to use: always feeling like she needs drugs, a user can quickly fall victim to a one-track mindset that impairs her ability to engage in other areas of life. In treatment, therapists will discuss how this to teach users why they experience cravings and how to recognize/combat them.
  • Communication skills: as drugs become a user’s primary focus, he may find little to no need to reach out to others for relationships. This can lead to communication breakdowns, loss of friends and zero family support. However, by regaining control in treatment, users can rebuild these relationships with clear and honest communication.
  • Impulsivity is one of the biggest effects of drug use as users spend money excessively, react to situations irrationally, act on a whim and show irresponsibility. Therapists work with patients to see how this behavioral pattern is destructive and how they can cope with impulsivity.
  • Constant relapse: many users try to quit without help, but end up relapsing quickly. This shows that there is a drive to get clean, but the temptations are much stronger than the will to be sober. This reveals an addict’s mental state and how it is directly linked to behavior. By learning to combine the two and cope with stressors, recovering addicts can improve this cycle of behavior.

To treat these behaviors, therapists generally use cognitive behavioral therapy to explain why patients think the way they do. Furthermore, once patients understand this, they can explore how they can control their actions and what kinds of results can come of that control. This allows users to understand that their thoughts cause their behaviors rather than external forces manipulating them. By recognizing this and learning the appropriate ways of coping with problems, users can treat their behaviors surrounding their addictions.

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