If a drug or alcohol problem has become unmanageable in your life, cognitive-behavioral therapy is a great tool to use in order to better understand your behavior. For people who struggle with addiction, negative thoughts and emotions often cloud their minds. Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and resentment are common among those struggling with addiction. By undergoing cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, many people are able to take back control of their lives.
If you are struggling with drug addiction and looking to break the cycle of negative thinking, CBT at Recovery Bay Center can help. We work with men 18 and older struggling with substance abuse who want to live a better life. Whether you’re experiencing work, family, or other relationship issues, it’s not too late to turn things around.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Addiction
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment method that is based on the idea that addictive behavior stems from negative thoughts and behaviors. The negative thoughts propel a person to continue using drugs and alcohol, which exacerbate unhealthy feelings and thoughts. CBT serves as an intervention to this vicious cycle by identifying a person’s root cause of the drug problem, helping them practice new healthy behaviors, and teaching them how to cope with emotional triggers when they occur.
CBT is a form of psychotherapy, so expect to have regular one-on-one meetings with your counselor or therapist to discuss your treatment goals, history, and a review of your problems. This form of addiction therapy can happen at an individual level, family level, or in a group setting, all of which are settings that have their own unique benefits. During these sessions, it’s best to come with an open mind and be honest about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Understandably, it can be hard to open up and be completely vulnerable, but the more honest you are, the greater your capacity for success will be. Some of the issues that you might talk through with your therapist include but not limited to:
- What triggered your initial drug use
- What thoughts and emotions led you to keep using the drugs
- The healthy things that you can do in place of drug abuse
- How you can handle cravings and risky situations
- How to turn the negative thoughts, attitudes, and assumptions into constructive behaviors
CBT also aims at equipping you with life skills and recovery tools that can help you maintain long term recovery. Some of the skills that you can expect to work on include:
- Setting better boundaries
- Developing healthier coping mechanisms
- Stress management
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Helps in Dual Diagnosis Treatment
If you are struggling with addiction it is likely that you may be struggling with other mental health problems. Mental illness and addiction are closely related, and often, one causes or amplifies the other. Take, for instance, a person who drinks alcohol to cope with depression. Even though the person might stop alcohol use for a while, the underlying depression can cause them to go back to alcohol. CBT helps to address both problematic behaviors and underlying mental health struggles that may be causing them.
Whether used alone or as part of a treatment plan, cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven to treat addiction effectively. However, our comprehensive rehab program strives to offer customized programs designed to meet an individual’s unique needs. For that reason, CBT may be supported by a host of other therapies.
Learn More About CBT at Recovery Bay Center
Just like in all other aspects of recovery, the early stages of CBT can be challenging. However, our therapists and support staff are here to help you throughout your recovery. Don’t delay another second when help is so close. Contact Recovery Bay Center today at 833.991.2955 to learn more about cognitive-behavioral therapy treatment.