Voucher-based reinforcement therapy (VBRT) is a form of treatment used to aid people recovering from addictions to opioid drugs or stimulants. It belongs to a larger group of therapies known collectively as contingency management (CM). In a study published in October 2013 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a multi-institution research team looked at […]
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When a teens’ struggle with addiction, self-harm and other mental health issues throw them and their families into crisis, the options for treatment can seem daunting at first. Many factors should be considered, including the rehabilitation needs unique to adolescents. Would an alternative program be the best form of intervention, or would the local rehab […]
Over 23 million Americans need treatment for substance abuse. Only a small fraction – 2.3 million – receive it, and a smaller number manage to stay sober for life. Despite decades of scientific research, we’re still struggling to find new ways to beat this disease. There are a number of evidence-based approaches that work, but […]
All addictions are harmful-physically and mentally-for the addict. Every aspect of the addict’s life is negatively impacted, from relationships to jobs. It is not always possible to completely quit an addiction when going into rehabilitation and recovery, so minimizing the harm impacting the addict and those around him or her is a good step to […]
Psychotherapy is a very broad term that encompasses several aspects of therapy, analysis and counseling. Not all addicts seek therapy as part of treatment, but many psychologist, psychiatrists, and other professionals believe that they can help greatly with addiction. Becoming addicted to a substance or to gambling, sex, shopping, eating, or anything else often occurs […]
The equine history in this country is fascinating, from mustangs roaming free throughout the plains to providing transportation and farm labor to racing and peaceful pastimes. Today, horses are used in specific therapy applications as they have been proven effective in helping people with physical issues, speech problems, emotional issues, behavioral challenges and other disabilities.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, often referred to as CBT, is one of many different types of talk therapy. It was developed back in the 1960s by a psychiatrist, Dr. Aaron Beck. In his clinical work with patients Dr. Beck began to notice a distinct connection between a person’s thoughts and feelings. He also noticed from his […]
A recent study has uncovered ways that the brain is affected by verbally labeling emotional stimuli. This study has implications for understanding how talk therapy may affect the brain and why specifically verbal expression impacts the way the participant reacts to both positive and negative stimuli.