Substance abuse is a serious problem, and it develops into a more severe problem due to the fact that abusers are in denial and do not realize the gravity of the situation. If the problem is not addressed immediately, substance abusers will find themselves fallen to the evils and perils of addiction, and treatment professionals will face a more challenging disease. This incident is not as uncommon as one might think. It happens, and has happened, so many times that therapists have resorted to confrontational therapy as a means to address this issue and impede the progression of the disease.
Therapists employ empathic confrontation methods to point out illogical behavior patterns and contradictions in an addict’s words and actions. The effectiveness of confrontational therapy is still a subject of debate, but some therapists swear by its usefulness in convincing and encouraging addicts to face their problem and seek treatment. It is also useful in demonstrating to addicts their destructive behavior through a cause-and-effect scenario. By showing addicts how they are gradually destroying their lives and the lives of those close to them, addicts can be trained in the art of communication and problem solving.
Confrontational therapy is held in high regard by many therapists since it is based on reality and teaching addicts to face this reality, however painful or difficult it may be. Confrontation may vary in intent, but experienced therapists use confrontation strategies that spring from compassion and empathy. Timing and intensity will also be different for each addict, and this will be dependent on the therapist conducting or supervising the therapy. The use of therapeutic confrontation has been employed in the treatment of psychological disorders since the early 1960’s, and it is now showing potential as one of the methods of behavior modification in addiction treatment.