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What Is Community Reinforcement?

What Is Community Reinforcement?Community reinforcement treatment focuses on substance abuse or addiction by spotlighting the addict’s environment, which may impact or even worsen his or her addiction. Community reinforcement addresses environmental factors that play a critical role in a San Diego individual’s addictive behavior and recovery by supporting the individual with the help of his or her community.

How Community Reinforcement Treatment Can Work for San Diego Addicts

The overall goal for community reinforcement treatment is to rearrange multiple aspects of each individual’s life so that a clean and sober life in San Diego becomes more rewarding than one that is dominated by drugs and/or alcohol.  Included in the following are some examples of how this form of treatment works:

  • Identifies internal/external factors
  • Sets positive expectations
  • Includes significant others

For this program to remain successful, therapists examine the user’s environment and try to find the key reasons behind continued use. Some questions that may be explored include:

  • Is drug use common in the neighborhood?
  • Does the user have roommates who use
  • Are the user’s friends addicts?

The therapist will set positive expectations and help the addict to work on these expectations daily.  Community reinforcement involves significant others, who have also struggled through the addiction.

How Do You Know if Community Reinforcement Is Right for You?

Just because this treatment program may have worked for another, does not mean this is the best option for you or your loved one in San Diego. Included in the following are some examples of why this treatment may not work for you:

  • Not as intensive as other programs
  • Most treatment is one day per week
  • Involves loved ones

Community reinforcement treatment usually consists of one session per week that lasts approximately 50-60 minutes. Because of this, some addicts may need to enter inpatient treatment to overcome the initial withdrawal stages to help them continue towards sobriety. Also, an addict with especially toxic or abusive family members may want to exclude them from treatment, which is of course the addict’s choice to do so. Because community reinforcement treatment involves loved ones and integrates them into the treatment program, it may not be the best choice for everyone.

Addiction Treatment for San Diego Residents

If you or a loved one in San Diego is struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your addiction questions and help you find the necessary treatment. Your life is important, so call us today.