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Another counseling technique that can be effective with DUI program participants is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. There are some that say an integration of  MI and CBT skills can be very beneficial. We would encourage a counselor to master each, CBT and MI, and then evaluate the combination of the two techniques.

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the relationship among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and notes how changes in any one domain can improve functioning in the other domains.

For example, altering a person’s unhelpful thinking can lead to healthier behaviors and improved emotion regulation.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), 2018 American Psychological Association. http://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/treatments/cognitive-behavioral-therapy.aspx

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Alcohol, Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Nicotine)

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was developed as a method to prevent relapse when treating problem drinking, and later it was adapted for cocaine-addicted individuals. Cognitive-behavioral strategies are based on the theory that in the development of maladaptive behavioral patterns like substance abuse, learning processes play a critical role. Individuals in CBT learn to identify and correct problematic behaviors by applying a range of different skills that can be used to stop drug abuse and to address a range of other problems that often co-occur with it.

A central element of CBT is anticipating likely problems and enhancing patients’ self-control by helping them develop effective coping strategies. Specific techniques include exploring the positive and negative consequences of continued drug use, self-monitoring to recognize cravings early and identify situations that might put one at risk for use, and developing strategies for coping with cravings and avoiding those high-risk situations.

Many continuing education providers have courses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Find additional information at these links: