There are many types of behavioral therapies that are used in reputable, research-based rehab programs. Treatment often includes group or individual therapy to help people understand the motivations behind their behaviors and recognize their triggers for alcohol abuse. Once people understand what triggers the behavior, they can then work to develop coping skills to deal with those triggers in healthier ways.
A recent study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology demonstrates that behavioral therapy in combination with motivational therapies and medical treatment can increase a person’s ability to manage alcoholism.
Some of the types of therapy that might be offered include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This type of therapy helps people recognize their thought patterns and behavioral responses, so they can learn to interrupt the responses and substitute more positive behaviors for those that involve alcohol.
- Trauma-focused CBT: This is a type of CBT that takes trauma, and its effect on behaviors, into account. As a result, it enables people to make the connection between their trauma and their behavior, and consciously break the link with the behavior of drinking alcohol.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): This type of therapy is particularly helpful for those with dual diagnoses. It provides a way to manage both alcoholism and the other disorder via behavioral skills and motivational enhancement.
- Interpersonal therapy: Building a social network and other support structures that moderate depression, loneliness, and other emotional drivers of addictive behaviors can strengthen one’s resistance to relapse.