Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Posted: November 6, 2015 by

earn about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was developed based on the idea of identifying negative thoughts which often impact a person’s behavior. Negative thinking patterns influence the development of a particular addiction, especially alcohol and drug addiction. By changing negative thoughts into positive ones, substance abuse patients will be able to address the  underlying reasons that led them to their addiction, through the help of course of professional addiction therapists.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is commonly used to address mental health issues such as, phobias, anxiety, depression and other mental issues. However, studies has shown that CBT can also be effective in treatment drug and alcohol addiction because most patients often struggle with both substance abuse and mental disorders, so CBT can be crucial part of the whole addiction recovery program.


The two Key components of CBT

Functional Analysis

This part CBT process includes both the patient and the therapist in recognizing situations, thoughts and emotions that the patient experience before and after the substance abuse. This process will help patients to understand and identify behaviors that could possibly lead to relapse, as well as the right steps to take when risky behaviors and circumstances occur.

Skills Training

This is the process that allows patients to let go of their old negative behaviors and develop healthier and positive habits as replacements to those unlearned behaviors. This is an important step to take because most of the time, those behaviors are the underlying reasons why the patient turned into alcohol and drugs in the past.

CBT offers a Strong Support Network

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can provide a support network to patients during and even after the recovery process. This support network can be helpful for the recovering addict, especially when dealing with difficult situations that could lead them in going back to their old habits or abusing alcohol and drugs. Having people that patients can turn to during the difficult times can help patients prevent relapse. When patients feel that no one supports their recovery, they may decide to jus continue their alcohol and drug abuse because they think that nobody cares.

CBT enhances Self-Esteem

A low self-esteem is one of the major underlying factors that influence substance abuse. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help substance abuse patients develop their self-esteem. As their self-esteem develops, they are less likely to engage in self-destructive behaviors. Developing patients’ self-worth helps them to think that they truly deserve a much better life away from alcohol and/or drug abuse.

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