How does counterconditioning work?

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Utilizing Counterconditioning (Aversion) Treatment as an effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders.

Counterconditioning (aversion) treatment has been used as one component of multidisciplinary treatment for targeting cravings for a substance. Counterconditioning therapy enhances a patient’s ability to comfortably move through a substance cue response situation by applying cognitive-behavioral and other coping techniques obviating relapse.

Addressing the growing number of substance use disorder patients – for alcohol, opiate/opioid, amphetamine(s), cocaine, and cannabis – including never before treated and multiple relapsing persons – demands that treatment options beyond traditional therapies for SUDs be considered as a component of the multimodal treatment program. Counterconditioning therapy is an effective, yet underutilized treatment option.

Dr. Erick Davis


Erick Davis, MD, MPH, MBA, is currently the Medical Director of Schick Shadel Hospital in Seattle. He has been ASAM certified since 1986 and certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, now a recognized sub-specialty board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, since 2017.

Who Should Attend:

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.


Schick Shadel Hospital is a multidisciplinary hospital for substance use disorders. Our treatment program includes counterconditioning minimal sedation interview sessions and counseling in an atmosphere of compassion, understanding, and acceptance. We offer Medical Detox and Medical Treatment for alcohol, opiates, methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, and non-IV heroin.