Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Addiction Recovery

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The Idea Behind CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) encourages clients in addiction recovery  treatment to recognize and stop negative patterns of thinking and behavior. Since our cognition affects our well-being, changing harmful thought patterns is essential. The essence of CBT is an assumption that a client’s mood is directly related to his or her patterns of thought. For example, CBT can help clients be aware of the stressors, situations, and feelings that lead to substance use so that the one can avoid them or act differently when they occur. Negative, dysfunctional thinking affects a person’s mood, behavior, self-worth, and even physical state. The goal of CBT is to help clients learn to recognize negative patterns of thought, evaluate their validity, and replace them with healthier ways of thinking.

An Effective Treatment

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is also very instrumental in helping to prevent relapse when treating problem drinking and  drug addiction. Cognitive-behavioral strategies are based on the theory that in the development of mal-adaptive behavioral patterns like substance abuse, learning processes play a critical role. Individuals in CBT learn to identify and correct problematic behaviors by applying a range of different skills that can be used to stop drug abuse and to address a range of other problems that often co-occur with it.

The Principles of CBT

CBT is an evidenced-based treatment modality, and is present-oriented, problem-focused, and goal-directed. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at TruVida Recovery – Orange County provides the following benefits:

  • exploring the client’s patterns of behavior leading to self-destructive actions, and the beliefs that direct these thoughts.
  • helping clients formulate coping strategies to handle potential stressors or difficulties following addiction treatment.
  • skills that are useful, practical and helpful strategies that can be incorporated into the client’s everyday life.
  • sessions that are augmented with homework outside of them using proven-to-be-effective workbooks.
  • ability to be provided in group and individual therapy.
  • allowing clients and therapists to work together in a therapeutic relationship to identify harmful thought patterns and actively seek alternate thinking

A History of Effectiveness

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a general classification of psychotherapy, and several approaches to CBT fall within this classification. The first discrete, intentionally therapeutic approach to CBT to be developed was Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), which was originated by Albert Ellis, Ph.D. in the mid-1950’s. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) was later pioneered by Dr. Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s, while he was a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beck designed and carried out several experiments to test psychoanalytic concepts of depression, as he studied and practiced psychoanalysis.

TruVida Recovery – Orange County incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in several types of individual and group therapy and counseling sessions to help maximize the success of recovery to foster life-long sobriety. For more information about CBT and how it applies to drug addiction and treatment, please feel free to TruVida Recovery anytime at:  949-388-3866.

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