Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in Addiction Treatment

Addiction recovery is about more than just abstinence from drugs and alcohol. It’s about changing the negative aspects of your life and replacing them with something better. Embracing positive behavioral changes will not only help you stay sober but will also help improve your overall quality of life. One way our Texas addiction treatment program helps clients evoke positive behavioral changes is through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Here at Flourishing Foundations Recovery, we use evidence-based therapies to help patients address the root causes of their addiction, heal from the past, and build a foundation upon which their sobriety can grow. We follow best practices using only therapies that have been clinically proven to be effective at treating addiction. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used therapies for addiction recovery.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a type of mental health counseling that can help you address problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is widely used in mental health and addiction treatment to encourage patients to find relevant connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions so they can become more aware of how their habits impact their lives.

The primary goal of CBT is for clients to identify negative thought processes or behaviors and replace them with healthy thought patterns and positive behaviors. By reducing the behaviors that contribute to substance abuse, clients can achieve sobriety.

CBT is used as a short-term therapy that is often described as a combination of behavioral therapy and psychotherapy. When used in combination with a comprehensive addiction treatment program, CBT can be a powerful tool in helping patients overcome addiction.

How is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Used in Addiction Treatment?

Many of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors you have during addiction are not healthy or logical. They do not support your overall well-being or promote recovery. However, by becoming aware of these things and changing them, you can transform your life for the better.

CBT is used in group and individual therapy sessions. When it comes to addiction and recovery, CBT can be viewed as a three-step process, involving:

  • Recognition – Therapists help patients identify maladaptive thought processes, emotions, and behaviors that lead to substance abuse.
  • Avoidance – Patients are encouraged to avoid triggering situations, whenever possible, so they can begin to change the ways they think and behave.
  • Coping – Patients use CBT techniques to modify their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. They adopt healthy coping mechanisms that support recovery. Once patients fully embrace positive changes and new coping skills, they can stop avoiding people, places, or things that once “triggered” their substance use.

While CBT is a psychotherapy approach that is led by a licensed therapist, CBT exercises and coping skills can also be practiced outside of the therapy office. As you progress in your recovery, you will likely find yourself practicing CBT exercises on your own to cope with difficult times.

Various Techniques Used in CBT

CBT not only helps you identify negative thoughts and behaviors, but it also helps you replace those thoughts and behaviors with something positive. There are various techniques used to help you achieve this, including:

  • Thought records – Your therapist will help you examine negative thoughts, find evidence that proves those thoughts to be false, and contrast those thoughts with healthier ones.
  • Imagery-based exposure – Memories or guided imagery is used to uncover powerful, negative thoughts. Over time, revisiting painful memories can reduce the power they have over your life.
  • Behavioral experimentation – This exercise allows you to contrast negative thoughts against positive ones so you can see which behaviors are more effective in your life and your recovery.
  • Pleasant activities – Your therapist will help you make a list of fun and healthy activities that evoke positive emotions so you reduce negative automatic thought processes as well as the desire to use drugs or alcohol.

By bringing awareness to negative thoughts and behaviors, you can create new, more positive thoughts and behaviors that better serve your sobriety.

Start Your Recovery at Flourishing Foundations Recovery Today

Cognitive behavioral therapy may look different for everyone, but that’s because it is an extremely versatile therapy that is intended to match your specific needs. At Flourishing Foundations Recovery, we want nothing more than to watch you flourish in recovery by participating in an individualized treatment program specifically designed for you.

We use CBT in our group and individual therapy sessions to inspire positive life changes in our patients, helping them pave the way for long-term sobriety. Using a small client-to-staff ratio, we are able to provide each of our patients with the undivided attention they need to be successful.

Start your recovery today by contacting one of our trusted admissions specialists. We’re available any time of the day, seven days a week.

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