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July 10, 2019 at 2:51 pm · · 0 comments

The Fallacy in “Evidence-Based” Treatment

This article was written by Lance Dodes M.D. and originally appeared

Today’s topic is relevant to addiction, but goes beyond it to treatment of any psychological problem. To begin, readers of this blog know that addiction is neither more nor less than a psychological symptom, and that it can be understood and treated by discovering the emotional factors that lead people to repeat their addictive behaviors.

Sadly, however, much of psychological treatment in this country doesn’t work that way. Most psychotherapy for emotional symptoms, including addiction, uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a short-term behaviorally-focused method to change behavior by following scripted steps in a manual.

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