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  2. What Does Behavioral Health Treatment Have to Do with Addiction?
  3. Types of Behavioral Health Treatment

What Does Behavioral Health Treatment Have to Do with Addiction?

Behavioral health therapy refers to the branch of psychology that deals with human behaviors. This is an important aspect of any drug rehabilitation program as it is the patient's behavior that often led that person to taking drugs and involving him or herself in situations where drugs are available. Behavioral health therapy aims to stop negative behaviors and promote positive ones.

cognitive-behavioral-therapyWhile addiction is a physical condition, the behaviors that led to the drug abuse or addiction are psychological. The root cause of an addiction may be because a person is worried, stressed, or unsatisfied with life. This leads to that person taking risks and possibly dabbling with drugs. Certain lifestyles mean a person is more likely to take drugs under pressure, and behavioral therapy will help the patient cut out old lifestyle habits and create new, more positive ones.

If you or a loved one is addicted to anything and need behavioral health therapy, please call 1-888-287-0471 today and start receiving the advice and support you need.

Types of Behavioral Health Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A classic behavioral health therapy used in the treatment of addiction is cognitive behavioral therapy. This approach typically starts after the detox section of treatment when the patient is ready to start anew. The practitioner typically asks a patient to keep a diary of his or her emotions, thoughts, feelings, and significant events. The patient is often asked to explain the rationale behind the entries in the diary, and from this approach, assumptions and rationalizations can be gently challenged and steered toward a better approach.

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

Rational emotive behavioral therapy, or REBT, is a similar approach to behavioral therapy. Th is focuses on the constructs that people use to view life. This focuses on the ABC approach where A is the activity, B is the belief, and C is the emotional and behavioral consequence. However the core premise of REBT is that B affects the view of A, so if B can be changed, the consequence can be changed to view A as a positive event.

It might go a little something like this:

  • A is your daughter marrying an Englishman.
  • B is your belief that Englishmen are arrogant idiots unworthy of your daughter.
  • Therefore, C is the upsetting emotional consequence.

If your belief can be changed to a more positive view of Englishmen, then consequence C will be a positive one as well.

In essence, both types of behavioral therapy seek to change the way people view life, which means addiction can be treated by changing a person's perception of the places he or she went to satisfy a habit. The reasons for the habit, such as stress, depression, or self-image, can be dealt with at the same time.

Behavioral therapy is complex and takes a while to work. It needs the patient to cooperate, and part of the therapy can be to help the patient to understand where the problem is. Behavioral therapy is an effective tool that is commonly used in the treatment of addiction.

Fun Facts:

  • Cultivation of opium, the precursor to many opiates, dates back to at least 3400 BC, and there is evidence that it was cultivated even before this.
  • Heroin is actually a brand name; the name is derived from the word hero, due to the effect heroin had on patients.
  • Laudanum, a mix of alcohol and opium, was introduced to Europe in 1527 by the adventurer-cum-physician Paracelcus.
  • During the American civil war, the combined armies used 2.8 million ounces of opium powder and tincture along with 500,000 pills.
  • Morphine was first isolated in 1804 by Friedrich Sertrner; in 1827, it was put on sale by Heinrich Emanuel Merck.
  • Heroin was first synthesized in 1874 and was marketed in 1895 by Bayer as a nonaddictive alternative to morphine. Unfortunately, they were wrong.
  • Ecstasy was first created in 1912 during an attempt at making a drug to cure hemophilia. The first recorded use is unknown, although studies on blood chemistry in 1925 appeared, indicating it must have been used prior to that date.
  • Ecstasy was regularly being used recreationally in the 1970s. It was described in a 1978 paper as comparable to marijuana and psilocybin without the hallucinatory component.
  • Ecstasy key components may not always be ecstasy. According to a major drug testing laboratory, around half of all tablets allegedly containing ecstasy do not actually contain any MDMA. In addition, two-thirds of all tablets contain several active ingredients.
  • Cocaine mixed with heroin is known as a speedball when injected and as moonrocks when smoked. The combination of the two can be deadly and carries a much higher risk than either of the two drugs individually.
  • Cocaine and alcohol mix in the liver, brain, and heart to form cocaethylene. This compound is much more dangerous than cocaine as has a much greater effect on the central nervous system,
  • Ethanol is a very effective antibacterial agent, which beer was revered in early cultures. It was much safer than drinking water.
  • Denatured ethanol contains either a bittering agent or a poison, such as methanol, pyridine or naptha.
  • A fortified wine is made by adding a spirit to the fermenting wine. This kills off the yeast and retains some of the sugar, making the wine sweeter and stronger.
  • A so-called minor tranquilizer is more properly known as an anxiolytic and antianxiety agent.
  • Anxiolytics include benzodiazepines, SSRIs, barbituates, and azapirones.
  • The first tranquilizer was a benzodiazepine marketed under the name Librum, and its discovery was by chance following research into dyes.
  • According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, approximately one in six addicts have a mental disorder, which includes anxiety and depression.
  • The first smoking ban was introduced in Turkey in 1630 with the sultan claiming it was a threat to public morale and health.
  • The first widely published paper linking lung cancer to tobacco smoking was written in 1950; tobacco companies would fight these claims right up to the 1990s.

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