Mental Health Assignment | Intervention Comparison

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Running head: INTERVENTION COMPARISONIntervention comparisonName of the student:Name of the University:Author’s note
1INTERVENTION COMPARISONStrength and weakness of each intervention:Brief cognitive behavioral therapy is now widely used in the treatment of substanceabuse. The effectiveness of this intervention is found both as a monotherapy and as part ofcombination treatment strategies. The CBT therapy is based on cognitive social learning theorywhich focused on identifying thought, beliefs and attitudes that mediates one’s feelings andbehavior. Behavioral therapy applies principles from operant and classical conditioning theory tochange the reinforcement contingencies that govern substance abuse behavior (van Emmerik-vanOortmerssen et al., 2015). The main strength of this intervention is that it can be implementedsuccessfully in individual or groups too to change the substance abuse related behavior of clients.It is very brief and through extinction of conditioned response, it helps client to alter theirbehavior and eliminate negative behavior leading to abuse. Another strength of this therapy isthat such therapy is readily accepted by client due to its flexibility to meet client needs and highlevel of involvement with client (McHugh, Hearon, & Otto, 2010). However, the weakness ofthis therapy is that this therapy may not work with all patients. For instance patients with anxietymay get disturbed by this intervention (Taylor & Chang, 2008).Another important treatment option for treating substance abuse includes treatment withdrugs or medications. For example, many drugs like methadone and naltrexone are used to treatpeople addicted with opioids (Livingston et al., 2018). In case of people with alcohol addiction,medications like disulfiram and natrexone is used. The main goal of drug therapy is to help clientachieves productive functions in family and workplace. Evidence has revealed that drugs likeopioid agonist medications are effective treatment options for opioid use disorder and iteliminates negative health effects of the disorder (Schuckit, 2016). The main difference betweenbehavioral therapy and drug therapy for substance abuse disorder is that CBT therapy focused on
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