Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Addiction Treatment
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Substance abuse disorders occur when the body becomes physically dependent on drugs and alcohol, but there is usually more at play. Addiction is often rooted in a person’s mental health and a result of negative thinking. In order for a person to find lasting sobriety, they not only need to overcome their physical dependence, but also change their thinking. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one method used to help with this process.
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy approach that focuses on changing people’s negative thought patterns and behaviors to achieve a goal. The person undergoing CBT will work with a therapist to recognize distorted thinking and try to change them into more productive thoughts that can in turn change their behavior for the better and help break harmful habits. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective approach for the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sleep disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance abuse disorders. It is often implemented in mental health facilities as well as substance abuse treatment centers for this reason.
Negative Thoughts in AddictionFrequent negative thoughts can be detrimental to a person’s physical and mental well-being. While addiction does involve a physical dependence to drugs or alcohol, it is often tied to or a result of a person’s thoughts.
Many people who develop substance abuse disorders also struggle with low self-esteem. As a result, they may use drugs or alcohol to try to block out negative thoughts about themselves or come to rely on these substances to change their behaviors in social settings. Beyond self-esteem, there are also many addicts who have co-occurring mental health disorders. Their negative thinking can perpetuate their depression or anxiety and result in self-destructive behaviors like substance abuse that acts as an unhealthy coping mechanism. The continuation of these thoughts can lead to the downward spiral that is addiction and make it hard for the individual to stop without changing their thought patterns, first. This is where cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction can step in.
CBT for Addiction at Banyan MassPatients in our outpatient drug rehab center in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to participate in cognitive behavioral therapy methods for their substance abuse problems. Working one-on-one with a trained therapist, the patient will complete several CBT sessions. With the help of the therapist, the patient will come to recognize the destructive and negative thoughts that have been contributing to their substance abuse. With time and practice, they will also learn how to evaluate, adjust, and replace these thoughts with more productive thinking. In terms of CBT for substance abuse specifically, this may mean adjusting negative thoughts about themselves, for the better or questioning the validity of their anxiety. Both changes in thinking can help them break the cycle that led them to drug or alcohol use and decrease cravings in recovery.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of many substance abuse therapies we utilize at Banyan Massachusetts to ensure that our patients get a comprehensive approach to treatment. Because substance abuse disorders are so damaging to people’s lives as a whole, our programing and therapies are designed to help patients work through all of these problems. This complete look at addiction gives patients their greatest chance of long-term success.