Scientific advances over the past decade have been made in addiction treatment. There is now a broader range of skills and treatment approaches that can help individuals overcome their struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.
Motivational therapy techniques help individuals get on the road to recovery and commit to making changes to drug and alcohol use. It also helps to strengthen client motivation. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help clients understand how thoughts can trigger addictive behaviors and how to recognize and change addictive thinking that makes one vulnerable to relapse. And finally, mindfulness techniques help to curb impulses to drink or use when dealing with the discomfort of cravings or other negative emotions (Addiction Recovery Skills Workbook).
The text for this course, The Addiction Recovery Skills Workbook, was written as a self-help guide for those in recovery, but it is also an effective tool for any professional working with clients with drug and alcohol addictions.