Does CBT Enhance Pharmacotherapy for Addiction?
The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, Volume 9, Number 4&5, July 2021
Jedidiah Perdue, MD, MPH
Dr. Perdue has disclosed no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Psychotherapy has had a mixed track record of efficacy for substance use disorders. This meta-analysis suggests that CBT is only modestly effective when combined with medications and likely no better than any other form of therapy. Although it’s unlikely be a magic bullet, CBT is very low risk, and reasonable to offer alongside other more established treatments.