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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Substance use disorders are, at their most basic, a group of psychological disorders involving compulsive substance abuse that continues despite clear negative consequences. Though, these negative consequences can be as severe or even fatal, with help from the right American addiction centers, most substance use disorder patients are able to recover and to reclaim their lives.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the forms of therapy most utilized to treat addiction in American addiction centers. This is partially because cognitive behavioral therapies have been some of the most studied in the field of clinical psychology. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for drug and alcohol use disorders, including adolescent substance abuse, in various behavioral experiments.

For instance, randomized controlled trials that studied cognitive behavioral therapy for treating cocaine addiction found that sixty percent of patients given cognitive behavioral therapy for cocaine dependence were abstinent at a fifty-two-week follow-up.

Another randomized controlled trial showed cognitive behavioral therapy for substance abuse to be even more for beneficial for relapse prevention when it was combined with other psychosocial interventions like contingency management interventions. Finally, other clinical trials have shown that is it in the top ten percent of substance use disorder treatments.

Cognitive behavior therapy is also used for treating mental disorders that often co-occur in patients with substance use disorders. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy may be used for treating depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions.

Since these mental health conditions may have played a substantial role in the development of addictive behavior, a cognitive behavioral approach could in some sense kill two birds with one stone when it comes to treating substance use disorder and other mental health conditions.

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

The central principle of cognitive behavioral therapy is that an individual’s thoughts and feelings are interrelated and have a major influence on how an individual behaves. When an individual is able to learn how their thoughts influence their feelings and how their feelings dictate their behaviors, they are able to utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to make positive changes.

In treating addiction, creating reasonable coping strategies is the utmost importance. Cognitive behavioral therapists use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a vehicle to identify current behavioral patterns and to analyze triggers of specific behaviors.

In the context of substance addiction, drug use will be the primary behavior targeted, but cognitive behavioral treatment may also be appropriate for other addictive behaviors, such as compulsive gambling, shopping, or sexual behavior.

When individuals are presented with both the positive and negative consequences of their behaviors, they are better able to self-monitor their moods, cravings, and reactions. Participants in cognitive behavioral therapy groups will develop a collection of coping skills and behavioral strategies that help them learn and recognize cognitive distortions, identifying their own automatic negative thought patterns, dysfunctional beliefs, and maladaptive behavioral patterns.

Through practice, cognitive behavioral approaches help such patients learn to counter these negative thought patterns with more positive, realistic thoughts to decrease self-destructive feelings and behaviors and replace them with healthier habits.

Cognitive behavioral therapy offers the individual a deeper look into their core beliefs about themselves, others, and the world. Understanding these core beliefs allows for cognitive restructuring, which in serves as the starting point to creating a new, more realistic, and more positive framework for one’s life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) For Substance Abuse And More At Our Addiction Treatment Center, Reco Intensive

As critical as cognitive behavioral therapy for substance abuse treatment is, cognitive behavioral therapy is also not the only option when it comes to addiction treatment. Patients who struggle with substance misuse may also benefit from a variety of other evidence-based treatments.

For example, the cognitive therapy known as dialectical behavioral therapy, which focuses on mindfulness as well as coping skills, is also a popular behavioral therapy for addiction and related mental illness, and one we incorporate into our addiction treatment program at Reco Intensive.

Known as one of the best American addiction centers, location in sunny Delray Beach, Florida also serves to make Reco Intensive a perfect treatment setting. Our treatment centers also offer a variety of holistic treatment options to those struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, including outdoor activities and excursions which take full advantage of the beautiful Florida weather.

Because we realize that mental health and substance abuse are closely connected, our addiction treatment centers also offer comprehensive mental health care and dual diagnosis treatment.

Our comprehensive treatment process also incorporates the latest developments in clinical psychopharmacology through the use of the medication Vivitrol. This medication helps curb substance use and ensure relapse prevention in some illicit drug users and some alcohol users by reducing drug use cravings and blocking some of the pleasurable effects of substance use.

We also help our patients to maintain their mental health and addiction recovery even after they have completed their treatment process with our active alumni program. You can view our testimonials here, and we are accredited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Institute Of Health, the National Association Of Addiction Treatment Providers, the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, and a variety of other reputable organizations who assess American addiction centers.

To learn more about how Reco Intensive can help you or someone you love to control their drug abuse and reclaim their life, feel free to call us anytime at 844.955.3042 or to call us online anytime here. There’s no time like the present to get back on the road to better mental health and a brighter future.

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