Last Updated on by Dr. Ronaye Calvert-Conley
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a research-based treatment modality, is an effective treatment for substance abuse, relapse prevention & addiction treatment.
The basic premise of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is that the way we perceive situations influences how we feel emotionally. CBT helps patients gain a more realistic understanding of their thoughts which subsequently allows them to change their behavior. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was developed as a method to prevent relapse when treating problem drinking, and later it was adapted for cocaine-addicted individuals.
Patients experience streams of negative thoughts that seem to arise spontaneously, known as “automatic thoughts,” which fall into three categories – negative ideas about themselves, the world and/or the future. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be effective in addiction treatment since it is common for individuals struggling with substance use disorder to have destructive, negative thinking.
According to the Cognitive Therapy Guide, negative thinking is an obstacle to self-change. Those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction tend to fall prey to an all or nothing thought pattern which contributes to a loss of power and control of their addiction behavior. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works by assisting clients to recognize the thinking that drives their addiction behavior.
CBT distinguishes itself from other forms of psychotherapy by being focused on the present, limiting it’s duration and grounded in problem solving. Patients learn skills in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that can be used throughout their lifetime such as: modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways and changing behaviors. Clients eventually recognize that the way to get better is to make small changes in how they think and what they do every day.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is effective for addiction because it is highly focused and short term in duration compared to other therapeutic modalities, making it relatively simple to implement in a 30-day drug rehab program as part of the recovery plan.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in addiction treatment includes:
- Learning to identify and correct problematic behaviors
- Applying a range of different skills that can be used to stop drug abuse
- Addressing a range of other problems that often co-occur with drug addiction
- Anticipating likely problems
- Enhancing patients’ self-control
- Developing effective coping strategies
- Exploring the positive and negative consequences of continued drug use
- Self-monitoring to recognize cravings early
- Identifying situations that might put one at risk for drug use
- Developing strategies for coping with cravings
- Avoiding high-risk situations
To learn more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and how it can help with addiction treatment, please contact Revive Detox Los Angeles at (844) 467-3848.
Dr. Ronaye Calvert-Conley is the CEO and Founder of Revive Detox, a Joint Commission Accredited and Legit Script Certified Addiction Treatment Center in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in Los Angeles in 2007 and has extensive experience working in the addiction and recovery field and the LGBT community. To learn more about Dr. Calvert-Conley click here.
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