Addressing negative or destructive thought patterns is usually a core part of recovery for people struggling with substance use disorders.
The counselors at Adelante Recovery Center incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy into our recovery programs. We believe in its efficacy and have found it to be helpful for many of our clients.
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy (psychotherapy) that helps people identify and address unhelpful or ineffective thought patterns. Through CBT, people learn to identify, challenge, and replace negative thoughts with more realistic and objective ones.
Why It’s Done
Mental health professionals often prefer CBT because it’s a quick and effective way to help clients identify and cope with challenging thoughts.
CBT can help clients:
- Manage symptoms of a mental health disorder
- Manage substance use disorders, including alcohol addiction
- Identify healthy ways to manage emotions
- Cope with grief, loss, or trauma
- Resolve relationship conflicts and improve communication
- Cope with stressful situations
Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to treat a wide range of issues, including substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD/trauma. Yet even those who don’t have a co-occurring mental health disorder—referred to as dual diagnosis—can benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy.
How It Works
CBT is structured, and it typically includes these steps:
- Identifying problem situations or conditions in your life, such as substance abuse and unhealthy relationships
- Becoming aware of your thoughts and emotions about these problems
- Identifying and addressing negative or inaccurate thinking or thought patterns
Through CBT, clients develop an awareness of automatic thoughts and learn to distinguish between facts and irrational thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps people see things from other perspectives and better understand the actions and motivations of other people.
Clients learn how to stop fearing the worst, how to avoid all-or-nothing thinking, and how to stop fixating on how they think things should be rather than how they are.
CBT is often most effective when used in combination with other therapies, such as family counseling, 12-step programs, and medications.
Types of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT includes a range of techniques and approaches to address negative or unhelpful thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Techniques that involve CBT include:
- Dialectical behavior therapy, a type of cognitive therapy that teaches people how to live in the moment, interact with others more effectively, and focus on changing thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and actions that are not effective or helpful.
- Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), which involves identifying irrational beliefs and actively challenging them with the goal of changing unhelpful thought patterns.
- Multimodal therapy, which utilizes different types of therapy together, such as pharmacotherapy (medications), devices, and behavioral therapies, such as CBT.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Addiction
The trained counselors at Adelante Recovery Center use cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients identify thought patterns and emotions that drive them to use alcohol or drugs. This is important: Being able to manage negative thoughts and stressful situations is the key to preventing relapse. Our trained counselors help clients recognize their triggers and respond to them without resorting to using substances.
Our Orange County drug and alcohol addiction treatment center is the ideal settings for healing and recovery. Our team will create a tailored treatment plan for your specific needs—body, mind, and spirit. Contact us today to learn more about CBT for addiction treatment and schedule a tour of our Orange County addiction treatment facilities.