Addiction recovery centers that provide science-based therapies are helping to change the focus of the entire process. Traditional programs are centered around counseling and twelve steps to guide participants through recovery. Meetings in the community serve as support once programs are completed. This perspective has been used for the past eighty years. It has helped millions of people get sober and remain sober. Some people respond well to this approach and enjoy years of success.
Scientists, doctors, and practitioners have discovered a great deal about addiction since 1938. Substance abuse over long periods of time, for example, alter the pathways in the brain which lead to automatic responses to triggers. This is why behavior continues and people struggle. There are therapies, such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and related framework therapy (RFT), that can help participants reset those pathways for lasting success.
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