December 6, 2017

  • Psychosocial therapies are effective across a wide range of substance use disorders, from alcoholism to opioid use disorder.
  • These therapies can be combined with medication-assisted treatment. They have been proven to help patients stay in treatment with methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone, and to benefit more from these medications.
  • Therapies are often based on well-studied and established principles of human behavior.
  • These therapies can encourage fast, focused change, and often comply with insurance limits and regulations.
  • Many of these therapies are very flexible, and can be accessed in a wide range of clinics and settings.[1]

[1] Carroll, K. M. (2008). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies. In M. Galanter & H. Kleber (Eds.), Textbook of Substance Abuse and Treatment (4th ed.) Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.