When addressing the propensity for abusive behavior toward drugs and alcohol the treatment is complex and vary by individual. Since this is a historically social disease attaching itself to human beings regardless of social class or ethnicity, it stands to reason that there are multiple treatment options. Many substance abuse treatments are proven successful, however it’s important for you to understand that one size doesn’t fitĀ all.


Behavioral therapy treatment focuses on participants acquiring coping skills over a period of time to handle the triggers that lead to substance abuse.

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) will teach you how to be proactive in identifying situations and triggers that translate into addictive behavior. It centers on learning self-control by developing coping skills.
  • CBT asks that you be cognizant of the consequences of negative behavior, and most importantly to avoid high-risk situations.
  • Research shows that when you take the time to learn CBT skills during treatment, you can transfer these life skills effectively even after your program is ended.

This therapy is especially effective for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and nicotine abuse.


Another interesting type of behavioral therapy is contingency management (CM) which is more focused on external factors rather than internal ones. The basis of substance control for participants is tied to tangible rewards for sobriety.

For example, here are two reward based treatment programs which have been used with success. You will find that professionals are committed to finding innovative ways to help in your fight against substance abuse.

  • The Voucher-Based Reinforcement (VBR) is used in conjunction with community-based services rewards participants with vouchers redeemable for food, movie tickets, and other items, when urine tests are negative. The longer someone stays clean the higher the voucher values.
  • The Prize Incentives Contingency Management program has a dollar value attached to it from $1.00 to $100.00. As long as weekly drug tests are negative, participants are entered into a drawing and qualified to win a cash prize.

These programs are proven effective as incentives to help people stay drug-free, especially those suffering from opioids and stimulants.


Usually when the conversation turns to substance abuse treatment, not just the addict is involved. Family and primary support influences play a big role. Family Behavior Therapy (FBT) brings into focus the substance abuser and at least one important family member. This might be your significant other or a parent if your child is involved.

The idea is to recognize behaviors and contributing factors to the problem often difficult to comprehend if the entire picture isn’t realized. Bringing in a compliant family member can help professionals hone in on changes that need addressing. This can significantly change treatment strategies.

Substance abuse treatments can involve drug therapies as well. However, there are many ways to fight addiction through non-drug related treatments. Ask your doctor about substance abuse treatments with your particular need in mind.