Behavioral Modification Therapy

Drug Rehab Institute do not condone usage of Behavioral Modification Therapy

Behavior Modification Therapy is the use of empirically demonstrated behavior change techniques to increase or decrease the frequency of behaviors, such as altering an individual’s behaviors and reactions to stimuli through positive and negative reinforcement of adaptive behavior and/or the reduction of behavior through its extinction, punishment and/or satiation.

Approach of Behavioral Modification Therapy

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Negative reinforcement involves ensuring a patient is unpleasantly informed that her behavior is inappropriate. The goal is to have the patient modify her behavior to that which is considered appropriate. The severity of negative reinforcement can range from a mild reprimand to incarceration. For example, a person recovering from substance abuse may be unpleasantly reminded how his past behavior caused heartache in the lives of those he loves. Those reminders are to encourage him to remain loyal to a treatment program designed to prevent him from regressing into substance abuse.

Concept of Behavioral Modification Therapy

Behavior modification treatment methods involve redirecting behavioral patterns toward socially expectable conduct. Behavior modification methods can involve a single strategy or combine a variety of methods to bring about a desired behavior.

In recent years, the concept of punishment has had many critics, though these criticisms tend not to apply to negative punishment and usually apply to the addition of some aversive event. The use of positive punishment by board-certified behavior analysts is restricted to extreme circumstances when all other forms of treatment have failed and when the behavior to be modified is a danger to the person or to others. In clinical settings positive punishment is usually restricted to using a spray bottle filled with water as an aversive event. When misused, more aversive punishment can lead to affective and emotional disorders, as well as to the receiver of the punishment increasingly trying to avoid the punishment (i.e., “not get caught”).