What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Tackling substance disorders requires a broad range of therapies. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT) is an evidence-based, goal-oriented therapeutic approach. By identifying the thought patterns that drive negative behaviors, CBT participants learn to take control of those behaviors and replace them with fulfilling, healthy habits. As part of a well-rounded treatment program, CBT can help you chart progress toward specific goals like:
- Avoiding destructive behaviors
- Managing the negative thoughts that accompany the cycle of addiction
- Building self-confidence and self-esteem
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy achieves these goals by teaching us the ways that our behaviors are driven and shaped by our cognition. Behind the things that we do and say are a range of learned emotions and thought patterns. Negative, irrational thoughts that form at a young age are often a part of the substance abuse cycle. Most of the time we don’t pay attention to those thoughts, but they determine how we feel about ourselves and how we think about recovery.
By identifying harmful thoughts and exploring alternative ways of thinking about their lives, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy participants break free from the cycle of negativity. Pursued along with supporting therapy programs like Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, CBT replaces destructive patterns with a healthy, optimistic outlook.
What Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Looks Like
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is not defined by any one method or treatment strategy . Rather, it is a highly individualized program that can be adjusted to fit each participant’s unique needs.. By recognizing negative thoughts and behaviors, individuals can learn to avoid destructive drug use patterns and reshape their actions to accomplish the goal of long-term sobriety.
CBT is commonly breaks this recurring wheel of addiction by cultivating positive self-esteem, reducing automatic negative thoughts, and improving family relationships. At CARUS Recovery, our caring and compassionate therapy team will develop a program specific to your struggles and goals. Developing better thought patterns is the best place to start.
Our Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach
In our program you can expect one-on-one sessions with a clinical therapist, as well as group sessions where you’ll receive healthy support from others on the path to recovery. You’ll complete exercises outside of sessions to help you cultivate positive thought patterns. Most importantly, you’ll learn practical strategies to manage triggers and stress long after you’ve left our recovery program.
At CARUS Recovery, we use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy alongside a complete program of other programs, such as group therapy and equine therapy. If you’re interested in discovering the many benefits of this treatment program, contact us or call 818-477-1502 to speak to one of our trained counselors. For more information about our recovery program, please contact us or call 818-477-1502.