As a component of your recovery, you may begin receiving individual counseling from a therapist using a technique called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, for short. In cognitive behavioral therapy, you will learn personal skills to cope with life’s problems and challenges, without the use of drugs or alcohol. Unlike psychoanalysis, in which therapists look for unconscious meanings behind their patients’ behaviors, cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on our problems and the actions we can take to solve them. By developing strategies to address your problems, you and your therapist will also work on your addiction issues. At the same time, you should experience relief from the symptoms of underlying conditions such as mild depression, anxiety, and stress. If you suffer from major depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, or opioid addiction, among other conditions, your healthcare provider will likely prescribe medication as well. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be extremely effective in treating a wide spectrum of conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, eating disorders, pain, insomnia, irrational anger, sexual dysfunction, and more. Cognitive behavioral therapy can also lessen the symptoms of physical conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome. CBT seems to work for just about everything! Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the theory that thoughts, behaviors and emotions all influence each other. Further, CBT holds that the beliefs of all human beings fall into three categories: self, others, and future. The purpose of cognitive behavioral therapy is not to diagnose conditions or diseases, but to look at the whole person and figure out which issues need to be addressed. Depending on your thoughts or behaviors, your therapist may introduce you to strategies such as positive self-talk, attention-diversion, journaling, mindfulness, and avoiding negative thinking or self-sabotage. Cognitive behavioral assessment generally consists of four steps:
- Identifying behaviors.
- Deciding whether behaviors are excesses or deficits.
- Obtaining a baseline evaluation of behaviors, noting how often, how long and how intensely they occur.
- Working to lessen the frequency, duration, and intensity of excessive behaviors, while increasing deficit behaviors.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is not a quick solution, however. You and your therapist must work as a team. In some cases, you must address emotional issues stemming from trauma or mood disorder before you can begin cognitive therapy.
Evidence based treatment programs like cognitive behavioral therapy are proven to provide life changing treatment. Oceanfront Recovery is a men’s & women’s addiction treatment center providing residential treatment programs and exclusive executive programs. Call us today for information: 877.279.1777