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Aversion Therapy and "Booster" Sessions in Drug Recovery

There are couple approaches in which a patient can utilize along with their aversion therapy. One approach has been to provide counseling during treatment to teach strategies for coping with the urge to drink or use drugs when it arises. Another approach has been to provide post-treatment "booster" session to help maintain the aversion established during treatment.


Even if addicts have been clean and sober continuously for longer than five years, they are still one slip away from a relapse. Despite their success, they are still encouraged to continue with their booster sessions and participate in mutual support groups. After five years of sobriety they are much less likely to have a relapse and may not require as much conscious effort in order to maintain a sober lifestyle, but continued recovery can be a life-long process (Longmore et al., 2010).

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The main methods of treatment of most drug rehabilitation centres include 1) ridding the client from any drugs or their metabolites that may still exist within their body through biological means, 2) addressing the withdrawal symptoms that may occur and 3) counselling the person on a continued basis after the detoxification on living a sober lifestyle (Gelder et al., 2006). All of these three methods are used in most drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres of the world, and it is recognised that without any one of these methods the others would be ineffective too.

When an individual has finished their inpatient treatment program from a rehabiltation centre, they are put into counselling. But after awhile, the urge ...

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