This chapter begins by discussing the common elements of effective treatments for addiction. First, they all specifically focus on drug seeking and taking. Second, methods that focus on practicing changing specific behaviors do a better job than methods that talk about these behaviors, try to dissect intrapsychic conflicts thought to underlie them, or apply other complicated psychological constructs. The chapter then considers techniques to manage withdrawal and initiate abstinence, and argues that safely and humanely detoxifying people and initiating abstinence makes sense only if accompanied by a well thought out, long-term plan for managing addiction. It sets out steps that patients can take to deal with relapse. It also considers the recent wave of psychological approaches broadly covered by the umbrella term of “mindfulness” or “third-wave cognitive behavioral therapies”.
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