Behavioral Therapies

Drug Addiction and Treatment

The feeling of intoxication is experienced by those who use substances. In time the brain's structure is altered through drugs. The brain is receptive to the drug and more of the drug must be administered to achieve the same effects.
The treatment may be intensive at first, where patients attend multiple outpatient sessions each week. Following completion of intensive treatment patients move to more regular outpatient therapy, which meets less often and for fewer hours per week to help sustain their recovery. In September 2017 the FDA permitted marketing of the first mobile application, reSET(r), to aid in treating addiction disorders. This application is intended to be used in conjunction with outpatient treatment for alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and stimulant use disorders. In December 2018, the FDA approved the mobile medical application reSET(r) that can help treat addiction to opioids. This application is a prescribed cognitive therapy that should be utilized as part of a treatment plan which includes buprenorphine and management. Read more about reSET(r) within this FDA News Release.

Drug Addiction —


Anyone can develop a substance use disorder. There is no way to predict whether someone will develop an addiction. There is a chance that you will be more susceptible to drug use because of:
The research conducted in the mid-1970s has shown that drug treatment for addiction can help many drug-using offenders change their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors towards drug abuse and successfully get rid of a life of drug abuse and criminality. The principles for treatment for addiction to drugs are the same to people who are part of the criminal justice system as for people in the general population. However, many offenders don't have access to the types of services they need. Treatment that is of poor quality or not suited to the needs of criminals may not be effective at reducing drug use and criminal activity.