The University of Arizona

Treatment Modalities and Treatment Settings for Illicit Drug Abuse
Psychosocial Treatment:
Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Therapies

These therapies are based on the assumption that dysfunctional social relations can cause or prevent recovery from a substance use disorder. By becoming aware of the relationship between interpersonal problems and substance use, the patient can work towards making changes in order to build a social network that is supportive of recovery.[1]



  • (1) American Psychiatric Association. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Substance Use Disorders. Arlington, VA: APA; 2007 Apr. Report No.: 164.