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ritualistic behaviour treatment

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A 33-year-old man reveals that his 2-month-old son died of sudden infant death syndrome 3 years ago and ever since he has become increasingly preoccupied with protecting his family. He checks things 6 times and if unable to complete the fifth time he becomes distressed, anxious and agitated. He also has history of smoking heroin once every 10 days to stop himself from becoming distressed. Which of the following is the most important component of treatment?

Cognitive restructuring
Motivational enhancement therapy
Psychodynamic psychotherapy
Relaxation therapy
Ritual prevention


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