Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was originally developed for treating depression, but it is now recognized as a vital component of addiction treatment programs. The goal of CBT is to help a person understand the relationship between their thoughts and behaviors, and teach them to recognize and avoid situations that promote substance abuse. CBT helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns such as catastrophic rational, polarized thinking, or other irrational thoughts that have a negative influence on behavior. Replacing negative thought patterns with rational thinking leads to improved decisions and positive behavioral outcomes.
Features of a CBT Program
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps clients unlearn addictive behavior patterns and replace them with healthy behavior. It is not just one distinct therapy, but a combination of similar treatments that work together for the client. Some of the significant features of a CBT program include:
- Effectiveness: It is an evidence-based, effective treatment supported by rigorous clinical trials that prove its efficiency in addiction recovery.
- Short-term: Structured to fit within the time parameters of the addiction treatment program.
- Goal-oriented: Each session targets specific concepts or techniques based on what the client wants to achieve. The therapist and client work together to accomplish these goals.
- Flexibility: Can be incorporated into an inpatient recovery program as well as an outpatient or other group therapy sessions.
- Educational: Based on the idea that the majority of our behaviors are learned and can be unlearned. Helps clients understand what they need to change and provides the education that will enable those changes.
During a CBT session, the client takes an active role in trying to resolve their distorted thinking processes. This can be an emotional experience, bringing tears or feelings of anger. At the end of the session, the person may feel emotionally and physically drained, which is a good indication that a cleansing has occurred. Letting go of old beliefs or behaviors is never easy, but it is possible. When a client recognizes the fact that their old way of thinking had a profound and direct influence on their addiction, they are ready to make the change.
Learning New Coping Skills With CBT
Through many years of working with addicts, addiction treatment specialists have learned that recovery involves more than just abstaining from the substance of abuse. They know that addiction is a complex combination of physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects. For these reasons, they have created comprehensive treatment programs that seek to address all aspects of the addiction concurrently for more lasting results. Detox addresses the physical aspects. Rehab addresses the emotional and spiritual components.
Before an individual can overcome addiction, they need to know how to cope with specific emotional challenges such as:
- Processing loss or grief
- Recognizing and managing mental health issues
- Dealing with physical health problems
- Exploring better communication techniques
- Reacting to daily stress
- Dealing with past violence, abuse, or other trauma
- Resolving relationships that were damaged during the addiction
Although CBT is a vital component in addiction recovery, the individual in treatment will also benefit from a variety of activities and classes that are designed to restore physical and mental well-being, improve self-esteem, build confidence, and reconnect the person with their spirituality or religious convictions. These goals are accomplished with program options and groups such as:
- Life Skills
- Men’s and Women’s Groups
- Music Exploration
- Physical Fitness
- Relapse Prevention
These options make it possible for the client to create a treatment path that best suits their needs and preferences.
Why You Need Awakenings Rehabilitation for Addiction Treatment
At Awakenings, we believe our clients should be comfortable with their treatment program. We also believe each person deserves respect and compassion as they undergo this difficult transition in their lives.
With our clients as the top priority, we provide a safe, comforting environment along with the expertise of credentialed, compassionate staff. Each component of our comprehensive program is chosen to help clients achieve specific goals that bring them to eventual victory over their drug or alcohol addiction.
Learn more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and how it can help you overcome your addiction by calling our toll-free number today. At Awakenings, someone is always available to talk with you.