Solution-Focused Brief Therapy & Addiction Treatment

Knowing what one needs to do to improve their life. And, with targeted coaching and questioning, they can find the best solution. With Solution-Focused Therapy, also referred to as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), individuals learn to focus on what they can do, leading to finding solutions and making positive changes more quickly than typical therapies based on pathology and past life events. Call 877-284-0353 to speak with an addiction counselor about starting SFBT.

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Focus on Solutions

Rather than zeroing in on problems, SFBT places more importance on discussing solutions. SFBT works in the present and future, guiding a person on a path of finding workable solutions quickly. This approach was created by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, who noticed that most therapy sessions dedicated time and attention to discussing symptoms and problems. SFBT, instead, reroutes discussions to specific problem-solving and solutions. They believe the solutions are usually found in the “exceptions” to a problem when the problem is not affecting a person. This approach can be effective for addiction treatment.

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Putting Solutions-Focused Therapy to Work

In an SFBT session, a therapist will ask questions rather than suggesting answers. The therapist will also reinforce positive qualities, strengths, and the individual’s ability to solve problems. It’s about empowering a person to solve their issues since they are aware of the problem, and they are aware of the exceptions—when the problem is not a problem. The therapist will identify the client’s positive behaviors and identify new ways of solving problems. Ultimately, an action plan is developed based on the individual’s situation.

Find Exceptions to the Problem

Therapists work with individuals to find exceptions to problems, and to identify how those exceptions are different from typical experiences with the problem. Then, the therapist and individual formulate a solution. Together, they set goals and implement the solution.

Address Default Problem Patterns

SFBT identifies negative default solutions and problem patterns that determine the way a person usually experiences a problem, and their way of coping with problems. The solutions-focused model believes that focusing on only the problems is not a way to solve them. So, solutions-focused therapy targets the default solutions—in the case of addiction, using drugs or alcohol—and replaces those solutions with problem-solving tools.

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Solution-Focused Therapy and Addiction

Solutions to problems may have nothing to do with the actual problem. For example, in treating addiction, addressing life experiences or behaviors unrelated to drinking or using drugs can result in a resolution. The SFBT solution is connected to the root cause of addiction, which depends on the individual and their experiences. We know that anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, and a range of emotional issues can result in a person coping by abusing substances.

SFBT looks at not the behavior—drinking or using—but the root problem that causes the behavior. A solution is then uncovered by discussing the exceptions to this problem and recognizing an individual’s ability to implement that solution to stop addictive behavior.

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