What treatments approaches are available?
Substance use disorder (SUD) isn't the same for everyone who experiences it, so neither should be the treatment for it. At Confidant, we understand that treatment for SUD isn't one-size-fits-all. We create individualized treatment plans for our patients, integrating a variety of approaches and techniques, such as these methods.
1. Brief Interventions
Your recovery may begin with a brief intervention at your regular doctor's office or another primary care setting. Brief interventions can range from a 5 minutes of advice to a slightly longer session, such as 15-30 minutes, of counseling. These interventions don't treat severe substance use, but rather encourage individuals identified as being at risk to change their behavior.
2. Motivational Interviewing
Once you've made the choice to change your behavior, it's important for us to understand why. Interviewing patients to learn more about their motivations for seeking treatment an help resolve any feelings and insecurities that might be holding you back from making positive changes, such as addressing drug use.
3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), also known as talk therapy, focuses on how you think, feel, and view yourself and the world around you. You'll work with a therapist who will help identify thought and behavior patterns, as well as alternative ways to cope with situations that may influence drug use.
4. Community Reinforcement
Community reinforcement, also known as community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT), engages family members and friends in your SUD treatment. With CRAFT, therapists can help teach your family and friends effective strategies to support you and help you decrease drug use. This method can also be helpful in identifying solutions to situations that may influence drug use.
5. Behavioral Marital Therapy
Behavioral marital therapy, also known as couple-centered treatment, focuses on the detrimental effects your substance use may be having on your relationships and how stress from them might trigger drug use. This treatment can also help improve your partner’s coping skills, as well as the relationship as a whole.
Pharmacotherapy is a medication-assisted treatment approach that uses prescribed medication to reduce the effects of withdrawal, decrease cravings, and treat related conditions such as depression or anxiety. Pharmacotherapies are available for the treatment of alcohol, opioid, and tobacco use.
Your Confidant health care team can help you understand which of these treatment approaches might make sense for you and other options that might be available. We'll conduct pre-treatment assessments to help us fully understand where you are in your recovery journey, what your treatment goals are, and how techniques such as these might be helpful for your individual situation.