Non-medication treatment for opioid addiction

The Opioid Crisis in America
July – November, 2021

Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

effective non-medication treatments for Opioid Use Disorder:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mutual help organizations, such as Narcotics Anonymous or Women for Sobriety
  • Sober living environments
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Mindfulness
  • Contingency Management Behavioral Interventions


“Third Wave” of CBT

CBT_3rdwaveIntroduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Apr 9 – Sep 30, 2018


Operant conditioning

Investigating the Similarities and Differences between Practitioners of Second and Third Wave Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies
Lily A. Brown, et al.
Behav Modif. 2011 Mar; 35(2): 187–200.

Rethinking anxiety: Learning to face fear | Dawn Huebner

Rethinking anxiety: Learning to face fear | Dawn Huebner | TEDxAmoskeagMillyardWomen
Jun 22, 2015

anxiety is about perceived danger, which is different from actual danger. When we act based solely on nervous feelings, our worlds can become very small. Our desperate attempt to avoid discomfort and uncertainty fuels anxiety, and avoidance locks it in place. Yet we can take back control. We can learn to face our fears rather than running from them.

Dr. Dawn Huebner, a clinical psychologist in private practice, she treats children with a variety of emotional, behavioral and developmental concerns.

Huebner is the author of “The What To Do Guides for Kids” series


Why are we surprised that therapy has its downsides?
Some degree of distress just proves the process is working
2 Nov 2018