Why Is It Important to Combine Behavior Therapy With The 12-step Program?

Drugs lower the user’s inhibitions and make it difficult to decipher right from wrong. While caught up in addiction, addicts tend to do and say things they would not normally do. These behaviors become habit, like second nature to them. 

Drugs make individuals think it okay to manipulate and steal in order to maintain their addiction. When an addict decides to enter recovery, there are usually behaviors that remain a part of an addict’s personality that need to be abolished. Entering a treatment facility that facilitates behavioral therapy and the 12-steps into their program is the smartest way to eliminate negative behaviors and replace them with good behaviors.

The 12-steps forces an addict to examine their behaviors and create a list of character defects. These character defects are characteristics that are displayed when an addict acts out.

Examples of character defects:

A way to establish character defects that one has is to go through the dictionary and be honest about which ones actually possesses and write down their definitions and how they are affecting one’s life. Then, the addict should ask their higher power to remove the defects of character. This is important because it brings their consciousness to the exact nature of their behaviors. Soon the addict will see a change: where there was dishonesty, there is now honesty, where there was selfishness, there is now selflessness.

Behavioral therapy works in a similar way. The therapist examines the behavior of the addict and take information from the addict’s past experiences to fully understand the types of behavior they act out. Once the behaviors have been established, the therapist and the addict can begin to work on eliminating those behaviors and restore better behaviors in the addict’s character.

It is apparent that these two processes can are similar; and therefore, they compliment each other. To maximize the benefit of behavioral therapy, it is encouraged that the addict completes all twelve steps properly. The twelve steps walks addicts through the process of discovering themselves and rebuilding their character, and combined with behavioral therapy, an addict can truly see a transformation in their lives. By understanding their character defects, they can be aware of the modifications that need to be made. Behavioral therapy can teach an addict how to make such changes in their lives. With the 12-steps and behavioral therapy combined, an addict can leave treatment as an entirely new person.

Author Bio:

In 2012, after seeing a need for resources in her community, Erica took a leap of faith and founded Center for Healing Behavioral Health Services, LLC.  Center for Healing opened its doors with the intention of making treatment accessible and personal.  Erica wanted a place where people were known and not treated like a number.
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