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    CBT in relapse and substance abuse

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    How does relapse management in CBT fit with your experience of dealing with setbacks? Does it seem like a valid approach? How might this approach work for a client with depression or trauma?

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    Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a useful modality of treatment for substance use disorders to include relapse. CBT enhances coping, problem solving, and decision-making skills related to substance use. Teaching skills during CBT to help to ameliorate cravings and overcome temptations to use substances. CBT can also assist with improving interpersonal relationships and reducing risky behaviors associated with substance (1). In my clinical experience, CBT is most efficacious when introduced in a multimodal approach to include support groups, group therapy and/or pharmacotherapy.

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    CBT is an effective tool in treating relapse and substance abuse disorders. The treatment is often times adjunctive to other modalities of treatment.