Drug Abuse and the BrainThe National Institute on Drug Abuse3 reports that the chemical structure of drugs looks similar to the natural chemical structures in the brain. As a result, it changes natural behaviors by sending false signals to the body or causing the brain to release large amounts of natural hormones.Due to the way that substance abuse changes your brain, psychological treatments allow you to make positive changes that encourage your recovery goals. Psychological treatments recognize the changes that occur in the brain and body. During the treatment, you will identify triggers and situations that make substance abuse tempting and then you learn different ways to avoid the triggers or to cope with temptations when they arise.
Substance Abuse and Mental HealthThe National Alliance on Mental Illness4 reports that 50 percent of men and women with severe mental health disorders abuse drugs or alcohol. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse5, mental health disorders can cause substance abuse or the substance abuse can cause the mental health disorder. Common factors that cause comorbidity include:
- Using a substance in an attempt to reduce the symptoms of a mental health disorder, or self-medicating
- Developing symptoms of a mental health disorder after abusing the drug due to chemical changes in the brain
- Overlapping genetic risk factors, which contributes to both disorders
- Overlapping environmental factors, such as trauma or early exposure to substance abuse
Psychological Treatment OptionsThe American Psychological Association2 says that psychological treatments, like cognitive-behavioral therapy or motivational interviewing, actually help improve your recovery results when you seek treatment. Psychological treatment options include:
- Cognitive and behavioral therapies
- Various forms of counseling, including individual, group and family therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Contingency management, or setting up a system to reduce relapse risks through planning and early preparation
- Major Perspectives in Psychology, Columbia College, http://www.ccis.edu/courses/psyc101a/Major%20Perspectives%20in%20Psychology.htm
- Lea Winerman, Breaking Free From Addiction, American Psychological Association, June 2013, http://www.apa.org/monitor/2013/06/addiction.aspx
- How Are Drugs Able to Affect Brain Chemicals?, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, July 2008, http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/addiction-science/why-do-people-abuse-drugs/how-are-drugs-able-to-affect-brain-chemicals
- Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, http://www2.nami.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Hearts_and_Minds/Smoking_Cessation/Substance_Abuse_and_Co-occurring_Disorders.htm
- What is Comorbidity?, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, March 2011, http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/comorbidity-addiction-other-mental-disorders
- Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD., Counseling and Addiction, Web MD, October 4, 2014, http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/counseling-and-addiction-how-therapy-can-help
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