Why do you need Mental Health ...

Every day we learn of suicide and individuals engaging in mass murder. Most of these individuals actually suffer from mental illness. From the youngest to the oldest all are at risk when it comes to mental illness. So what do we do in times like this? We provide Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First […]

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When does Psychological First ...

  The world is going through a crisis. From disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, traumatic events, ongoing discrimination towards sections of society, criminal activities etc. causes a large number of victims and affected family members of such victims undergo a major psychological breakdown. At times like this Psychological First Aid helps to prevent their health from […]

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Mental Health First Aid

In a first aid an injured person is given essential help until a professional medical treatment is given. The main aim of a first aid is to save life, prevent any kind of further harm, promote recovery and provide comfort. Mental health first aid (MHFA) does the same for individual developing mental health problems. Mental […]

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What are the other medical pro...

Dementia refers to a loss of mental function which compromises a person’s cognitive thinking. It results in declining memory and linguistic skill as well as behavioural changes. It is a progressive disease caused by brain damage. This means that the symptoms and effects will progressively worsen over time. The effects can range from physical or […]

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Say No to Cocaine in all forms...

We live in a world where taking cocaine is trendier than fashion. Its availability and use is not limited to a certain class of the society or an age group. The ‘Happening’ drug is easily available at the hidden corner of the street nearby. Whether it is to boost self-esteem or just succumbing to peer-pressure, […]

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De-addiction through behavioural treatment

v2Don’t we so often hear the adage: “Old habits die hard”? It underlines certain behavioural pattern that takes shape over a period of time. As good habits stand a person in good stead, the bad ones like drug addiction causes untold misery. Changing bad habits through behavioural treatment helps in effective de-addiction.

Root of problem

What makes behavioural treatment such an important component of a de-addiction exercise is that it hits at the root of the problem. No habit let alone the addiction to drugs can be easily jettisoned overnight. It calls for a great deal of patience and painstaking efforts by both the professionals and patients to finally say goodbye to it.

Lifestyle skills

There is, in fact, always a fear of the patient returning to his or her old ways. The behavioural treatment is a great way of involving a drug addict in the de-addiction exercise. This involvement ensures that patients take the initiative and change attitudes and behaviours that propel them to drug abuse. The change is primarily affected through skills that help patients lead a healthy life post addiction and for the rest of the life.

Effective medication

One important benefit of behavioural treatment is that it makes medicines work better and increases the chances of patients continuing with it for a longer period of time. There have been numerous cases wherein the patients become irregular with their medicines once they have completed the de-addiction course.

Treatment methods

There are many ways in which behavioural treatment is given to an addicted person:

Behavioural treatment clinic: For a large number of patients the outpatient behavioural clinics are centres of great hope. These clinics regularly offer a diverse range of treatment aimed at impacting the behaviour of patients in a positive way. The basic mode of treatment in these clinics is through group counselling and other collective or interactive methods.

Types of treatment

Some behavioural clinics also offer other forms of treatments, which make a meaningful and positive impact on an individual victim of drug abuse. The treatment can be broadly categorised into three different segments. These are: Cognitive behavioural treatment – Multifaceted family treatment – Interactive motivational treatment.

Cognitive behavioural treatment: This forms an important part of a de-addiction mission. The treatment aims to make sure that a patient learns to develop his or her own defensive methods to be aware of circumstances in which he or she is likely to indulge in drug abuse. The treatment helps patients avoid such circumstances.

Multifaceted family treatment: The treatment is especially effective for adolescent patients. It is an universally recognised fact that the family as a unit plays an important role in helping one of its adolescent victims of addiction tide over his or her crisis situation. The treatment is aimed at finding ways in which families can influence the behaviour of their adolescent member and help them kick the drug. The treatment also helps such families improved upon their day to day functioning.

Interactive motivational treatment: The treatment involves a direct approach in which a willing patient is motivated to change his or her behaviour and become free from drugs. The patient is positively engaged in interactive session by a mental healthcare professional.


There could be no better ways of being free from substance abuse of addiction than self regimentation. Behavioural treatment helps in the process by training patients to individually take on their problems. This explains why it is such an effective system of de-addiction.