Comparison of Drug Courts or Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Battle Cocaine Addiction

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There are thousands of people in the United States that are addicted to cocaine and are left untreated. Many of them are at risk of severe health problems. I am conducting this research paper to compare and contrast the differences between the effectiveness of drug courts and cognitive behavioral therapy for cocaine addicts. We know that all people respond differently to therapy than others do, but it is good to be able to find the effectiveness and success rate of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and drug courts overall. But before we jump into the effectiveness of CBT, we need to know what the goal of CBT is and what the process is for CBT. Not only do we need to know the effectiveness and success rates of these two, but we also need to know the differences. We need to know the different paths that they take and how those different paths translate into success. Last but not least, we need to know what the best overall option is for clients. Every client is going to be different, but looking at drug courts and cognitive-behavioral therapy as a whole, figuring out the most successful treatment is the most important question to answer. Drug courts or cognitive-behavioral therapy is going to benefit the individual regardless; any sort of help is better than no help at all. We know that people react differently from these two treatments, but finding the overall best treatment is what we are looking to figure out.
Cognitive behavioral therapy has had mixed findings for cocaine addicts. There has been one study conducted that concluded that CBT has better long-term success than any clinical management (Maude-Griffin, 1998). Before we get in to successes and effectiveness, giving the basis of the goal of CBT needs to be known. Cog...

... middle of paper ... Going to either one of these is going to be better than not going to them at all. I would rather see someone go through a drug court or CBT and fail, than for them to never go at all, because that shows that they want to make a change in their life, and they want to be a better person. It is shown that CBT has had long- term success and that is ultimately what we want to see in patients. Thousands of people have addictions to drugs all across the United States that go left untreated and any sort of treatment will help. Looking at the overall picture of success and effectiveness and drug courts and CBT; CBT has been the more successful approach when it comes to drug addiction overall. I am not saying that drug courts are not successful, because they are, but if we are looking for long- term success, cognitive-behavioral therapy is the path that should be chosen.

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