It’s easy for those not struggling with an addiction to pass judgment and make assumptions. Most believe that those struggling just made bad decisions and hung out with the “bad crowd.” However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Addiction is a disease that can be made worse by the negative behavior and thought patterns of an individual. Through cognitive behavioral therapy at a residential program, clients can end these negative patterns and work towards a life in sobriety.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a type of therapy that places a major focus on the behavior and thought patterns of the client. This evidence-based approach to therapy helps the client understand how their negative attitude and thoughts can directly affect their behavior. Once you identify these connections, you can begin to learn new strategies to cope and manage your emotions and thoughts both during and after treatment. Creating these foundations will help clients as they leave treatment and begin to live a life in sobriety.
The process of cognitive behavioral therapy tends to be more collaborative with the client and therapist working closely together. In other therapies, the therapist tends to instruct the client on how to proceed with their treatment. With CBT, the two work together to create long-term goals and short-term objectives. They also work together to determine the best course of action to reach these objectives and goals.
The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy does more than just help an individual break their cycle of addiction. As you participate in CBT, you are actively reteaching your brain how to think and process emotions. In doing so, you experience several benefits.
One major benefit is becoming a more rational individual. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you rationally think out scenarios and problems when they arise instead of jumping to a worst-case scenario. Not only will this help avoid negative emotions, but it’ll also help you solve the problem more efficiently and effectively. Rational thinking also leads to controlled thinking, where you have a better hold of your thoughts and emotions when you face negative problems or situations. Instead of turning to illicit substances to cope with an onslaught of negative emotions, you can use your coping mechanisms to work past the problem.
By ending these negative patterns, you also end feeling poorly about yourself. Having a better attitude and thought process will help you care more about yourself. You will also think about yourself in a more positive light.
Begin with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Today
Want to begin with cognitive behavioral therapy to help with your treatment? Interested in other addiction therapy services available to you? Begin your journey now and contact LA Detox at (866) 932-8563.