Role of psychotherapy in alcohol use disorders-a review
Maria Babu, Sherly Joseph, Praveenlal Kuttichira
Alcohol use disorders (AUD) remain one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity across the world. It interferes with a person’s daily life and has multiple social and behavioral consequences. Alcohol addiction impacts each person in their own way; therefore, treatment is specific to each individual. Some of the most commonly used therapies for alcohol addiction treatment are behavioral therapies. The aim of this study is to overview the role of psychotherapy in the management of AUD. Behavioral therapy serves to help a person change the way they act, often by modifying the way they think. Negative actions often stem from maladaptive thoughts. Importance of Psychotherapies such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivation Enhancement Therapy (MET), Contingency Management, Aversion Therapy, Relapse Prevention and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are discussed in this paper. Many of these therapeutic regimens offers a better solution to AUD are delineated in this review paper.