Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps addicted individuals become aware of any negative thinking patterns so that you can view the situations that you find challenging more clearly and respond to them effectively.

One of the most common and most studied forms of psychological treatment is called Cognitive behavioral therapy. It is effective for a wide range of different problems including anxiety disorders, depression, alcohol, and other substance abuse disorders, marital problems, eating disorders, and other severe mental illnesses. The idea behind cognitive therapy is to form a clear idea of your very own thoughts, expectations, and attitudes.

Using CBT Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment

Its goal is to understand and change any distressing beliefs. It is so common that the things and situations themselves are not what is causing the problem. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps the person become aware of any negative thinking so that you can view the situations that you find challenging more clearly and respond to them more effectively.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a very helpful tool either by itself or in combination with other therapies. It is used to treat a wide range of issues and it a preferred method of psychotherapy because it can quickly help you identify and cope with the challenges you are facing. It also normally requires fewer sessions than other forms of therapy and it is done in a structured but free-flowing way. CBT is a useful tool to address many emotional challenges including:

  • Preventing a relapse of any mental health symptoms
  • Manage any symptoms of mental illnesses
  • Treat a mental illness when medications aren’t the right option for you
  • Learn different techniques for handling stressful situations in life
  • Identify the way you can manage your emotions
  • Resolve conflict in relationships
  • Learn more effective ways of communication
  • Cope with grief or loss
  • Overcome trauma related to abusive or violent relationships or situations
  • Cope with a medical illness
  • Manage physical symptoms

Cognitive-behavioral therapy treatment typically involves making an effort to change thinking patterns. It is done so in a few different ways. It helps you learn to recognize when your distortions and perception of thinking is creating problems in your life and then helps you to reevaluate them in the light of reality. It also helps you to gain a better understanding of the behaviors and motivations of those around you and uses problem-solving skills to help cope with difficult situations. It can also help you develop a bigger sense of confidence in your abilities to figure things out and get through them.

What Happens During CBT Therapy for Addiction

Cognitive-behavioral therapy emphasizes helping a person to learn how to become his or her therapist with exercises done in a therapy session and “homework” exercises that are done outside of the sessions. This allows someone to develop their coping skills and learn how to think and problem solves on their own when problematic behavior and emotion arises.

CBT incorporates a range of different approaches and techniques to address thoughts emotions and behaviors. Several therapeutic approaches involve cognitive behavioral therapy including:

  • Cognitive therapy: A model that centers around the idea of identifying and changing distorted patterns of thinking, emotional responses to stressful situations, and your behavior.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy: DBT addresses thoughts and behaviors all while incorporating different strategies like emotional regulation and mindfulness.
  • Multidomal therapy: This therapy’s idea is that psychological issues should be treated by addressing seven interconnected modalities including effect, sensation, imagery, cognition, interpersonal factors, and drug/biological considerations.
  • Rational emotional behavior therapy: A unique approach in identifying the irrational beliefs, vigorously changing those beliefs, and learning to recognize and change the thought patterns.

Although each type of cognitive-behavioral therapy takes a different approach to get the same result, they all work in their way to address ant underlying thought patterns that can contribute to your psychological distress.

On Call Treatment is Here to Help

If you or someone you love think you might benefit from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for treating addiction, it’s important to talk with a healthcare provider or mental health professional who is trained in the approach. Contact On-Call Treatment to get the help you need, as we are very experienced in this unique therapy approach and offer a high success rate.