Brief Therapy Approaches in the Treatment of Substance Abuse and Addiction

The use of brief intervention and brief therapy techniques has become an increasingly important part of the continuum of care in the treatment of substance abuse problems. Appropriate for a variety of substance abuse problems, from at-risk use to dependence, brief interventions and brief therapies can help clients reduce or stop abuse, act as a first step in the treatment process to determine if clients can stop or reduce on their own, and/or act as a method to change specific behaviors before or during treatment. Regardless of the specific theoretical approach, brief therapy intends to focus treatment time on real world issues in order to allow the patient to become more functional as soon as possible. Their incorporation into comprehensive treatment programs has proven particularly effective. In general, brief therapies serve as practical, accessible and efficient means of using resources to address the multitude of issues that affect and are affected by substance abuse.

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