Research cognitive behavioral therapy by typing it into Google and wonder why you haven’t heard of it before. Look at the news section and you will find that everything seems to be helped by cognitive behavioral therapy. Back pain, trauma, mental illness, addiction, stress, diabetes, cancer, autism- all kinds of diseases and health conditions can be supported with cognitive behavioral therapy. The therapeutic practice is relatively new, having just been developed in the last few decades. Today, it is a leading form of therapy across all of medicine, and considered a leading form of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Considered an evidence-based treatment method, the numerous studies into the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy have proven it successful for reducing symptoms of cravings, depression, and anxiety, while equipping addicts and alcoholics with the tools to stay sober. Cognitive behavioral therapy was developed to bring together different forms of therapy into one practice. Instead of being strictly behavioral or strictly cognitive, the CBT practice combines philosophy from both disciplines to create a solution focused treatment method. When there is a life threatening or life debilitating issue like addiction at hand, traditional talk therapy which can take months for a breakthrough is not sufficient. CBT instead focuses on specific problems by creating action-oriented treatment plans for discovering the underlying causes of the problem. For example, CBT targets the surface level problem of abusing drugs and alcohol, while looking at the underlying causes for addiction and creating solutions to the behaviors. CBT creates change in behavior by creating changes in the beliefs behind the behaviors. Empowering each client to recognize their self-efficacy in changing their thoughts, changing their behaviors, and changing their lives, CBT is a powerful tool for healing the broken patterns of addiction. Reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, in addition to stress, helps people focus on solving their cognitive as well as their behavioral problems instead of being overwhelmed by their emotions and uncontrollable behaviors.
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