Addiction has biological, psychological and social origins. Like all aspects of psychology, it’s crucial to understand etiology in order to design a proper treatment approach.
Read the following research regarding treatment approaches to addiction and complete the linked assignment below.
Changing Addictive Behaviors: A Process Perspective
Vol. 2, No. 4
“That Feeling of Not Feeling”: Numbing the Pain for Substance-Dependent African American Women
Affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous after treatment: A study of its therapeutic effects and mechanisms of action.
By Morgenstern, Jon; Labouvie, Erich; McCrady, Barbara S.; Kahler, Christopher W.; Frey, Ronni M.
As far as the IB is concerned, there are 4 main types of treatment for disorders: Biomedical, Individual, Group & Eclectic.
By far, the most popular treatment practiced today is the Eclectic Approach to treatment which is a combination of 2 or more of the above.
However there is growing research supporting alternative treatment forms such as sleep therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and exercise. These treatments are the focus of much recent research:
You should be familiar with research supporting all the above approaches. The learning activity below will aide you in this acquisition of knowledge:
Check out the AWESOME treatment project that 2 students did!
Interesting article below elucidating recent studies on specific opiate receptors in brain that are active/inactive in patients with PTSD and the hope that greater understanding of brain regions involved in PTSD could lead to a more specific treatment. The lead doctor writes:
“Our study points toward a more personalized treatment approach for people with a specific symptom profile that’s been linked to a particular neurobiological abnormality,” explained the study’s lead author, Dr. Alexander Neumeister, co-director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center for the Study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, in an NYU news release. “Understanding more about where and how symptoms of PTSD manifest in the brain is a critical part of research efforts to develop more effective medications and treatment modalities.”