Behavioral therapy is a specific form of psychotherapy and behavior analytical therapy that is used to manage addiction problems. This method focuses on the inherent connection between feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Clients are taught mindfulness techniques to avoid compulsive and impulsive responses. Some methods of behavioral therapy used at Addiction Rehab Austin includes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational incentives, multidimensional family therapy, and motivational interviewing. These therapies help clients positively cope with unhealthy and possibly dangerous situations.
After detox has taken place, medication therapy is often used at Addiction Rehab Austin to treat not only drug and alcohol addiction problems but co-occurring disorders as well. The most well-known example of medication therapy is opiate replacement therapy, with drugs like methadone and buprenorphine administered to those addicted to heroin, in order to reduce cravings and associated risks. Similarly, dependency issues with particular psychoactive substances require an extensive long-term medication plan.
Benzodiazepine dependence often times requires a client to be gradually weaned off of the substance over a long time period, with particular medications administered to reduce relapse rates and avoid unwanted withdrawal complications. Not only do benzodiazepines used to treat an addiction to the same substance but they are also used in conjunction with an alcohol addiction. Some of these choice prescriptions include acamprosate, disulfiram, naltrexone, and topiramate. Furthermore, sometimes disulfiram, also called Antabuse, is given to alcoholics in order to reduce the chances of a relapse and promote recovery. This medication produces a terrible effects such as vomiting, nausea, and palpitations, when combined with alcohol, in order to discourage the user from consuming the substance.
Breaking the debilitating chains of addiction requires a comprehensive approach that includes a wide range of therapies addressing varying elements of addiction. At Addiction Rehab Austin, you will find not only find individual and group therapy but many exciting new therapies to treat drug and alcohol addiction like cognitive behavioral therapy, art & music therapy, restorative yoga, general spirituality, and biofeedback. While addiction can be successfully treated and managed over time, professional and social support is usually necessary in order to ensure a long-term recovery.