Alcohol and drug addiction therapy can describe a wide range of interventions that treat substance use disorder or address a pattern of drug abuse. Some therapy options address addiction directly and provide coping mechanisms to help you deal with cravings and triggers without relapsing. In many cases, these therapies are centered on helping you form relapse prevention strategies with which you can safeguard your sobriety.


Other therapies can be focused on underlying issues that may contribute to or worsen a substance use disorder. For instance, trauma is often associated with alcoholism. To treat alcoholism in someone who has experienced trauma, it may be necessary to use therapy options that specifically address disorders like post-traumatic stress like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR therapy).


Addiction Therapy also be split into two other categories: evidence-based treatments and alternative therapies. Evidence-based interventions are supported by research and, while alternative therapies have some apparent success in clinical settings, they haven’t been verified through studies. Treatment plans should be grounded in evidence-based studies, but there may a time and a place for alternative treatments in certain situations.