Cognitive behavioral therapy techniques can be practiced outside the therapist’s office.
Recovering addicts can do many CBT exercises on their own from home or in a group setting.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT will teach you how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influence each other.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is used widely today in addiction treatment. CBT teaches recovering addicts to find connections between their thoughts, feelings and actions and increase awareness of how these things impact recovery.
Alongside addiction, CBT also treats co-occurring disorders such as:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Eating Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
CBT is structured, short-term, goal-oriented, and focused on the present. It starts with learning how an illness or challenge affects you. Next, we will practice skills and strategies like problem-solving or realistic thinking to help you make changes in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Then you will know how you can use your new skills to deal with problems in the future.
Cognitive behavioral therapy shows that many harmful actions and emotions are not logical or rational. These feelings and behaviors may come from past experiences or environmental factors.
When an addicted person understands why they feel or act a certain way — and how those feelings and actions lead to substance use — they are better equipped to overcome their addiction.
Cognitive behavioral therapists help recovering addicts identify their negative “automatic thoughts.” An automatic thought is based on impulse and often comes from misconceptions and internalized feelings of self-doubt and fear. Often, people try to self-medicate these painful thoughts and feelings by drinking or abusing drugs.
By continually revisiting painful memories, recovering addicts can reduce the pain caused by them. They can then learn new, positive behaviors to replace their drug or alcohol use.
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