Our site contains valuable information on ERP treatment for substance addicted people,
loved ones of addicts and for substance abuse professionals. Our goal is to help you
to better understand and treat addiction, which affects about one in ten Americans.
Professionals can get information about ERP therapy, obtain an ERP Professional Kit,
and get training and certification in ERP therapy.
Pouring a drink in order to stop drinking. Rolling a joint to kick a pot habit.
Laying out a few lines of cocaine to overcome the desire to snort it. These aren't oxymorons or
acts of a fool. They are examples of a new form of therapy for chemical addiction called ERP.
ERP, or exposure response prevention, therapy reduces the cravings that trigger drug and alcohol
relapses. ERP is a behavior therapy procedure that systematically exposes an addict to simulated
versions of their drugs of choice and the equipment they use to prepare and consume. ERP exposes
them in order to elicit powerful cravings. The addict is taught how to handle these cravings without
giving into them. In this way they are exposed to their triggers but prevented from getting high.
This leads to the extinction of their desire to use.
ERP therapy increases self-control and confidence which results reduces the likelihood of relapse
and makes relapses that do occur easier to recover from.