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.
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.