For purposes of mental health and addiction treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has become a popular option. This is because of its proven effectiveness across a range of applications. Therapists use it for a variety of disorders of the mind, and its usefulness in cases of addiction is well known. Its effectiveness on a range of issues has made it a widely used technique. In cases of addiction, professionals recognize it’s usefulness. In fact, such usefulness is apparent looking back decades. As it spawns other unique methods based on its foundations, we continue to see results.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

young man and woman during a cognitive behavioral therapy program sessionAs you may have gathered from the name, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy stems from our thoughts and emotions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seeks to identify specific thought patterns that are illogical and lead to drug use and personal harm. These negative thought patterns are “cognitive distortions.” These distortions are incorrect or irrational thoughts or thought patterns that influence an individual to make a decision that isn’t in their best interest. An example of this is abusing drugs. A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program helps a client to discover what cognitive distortions they possess. Then, it teaches them how to correct the logical pattern so that it leads to beneficial results and actions.

Modern Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was born from a few different older therapies. Classical conditioning is one of the early ancestors of CBT today. What began as a therapeutic method to reduce fear in human subjects would evolve to help recondition a variety of similar responses. But as the reconditioning of thoughts became combined with reconditioning behaviors, we saw the first glimpse of a modern Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program. Today Cognitive Behavioral Therapy encompasses a broad range of modalities, several of which effectively treat addiction. These include:

How does CBT treat addiction?

Addiction is often a disease controlled by habits and illogical thought, just like many of the mental disorders Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was used to treat early on. Obviously, most addicts know that drugs are dangerous for their health and personal livelihood. However, that rarely makes an individual hesitate to use. Relearning how to respond to specific thoughts and re-orienting our “cognitive distortions” is the goal of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program for addiction. Many thoughts, thought patterns, and emotions can be triggers which cause stress.

Unfortunately, addicts know few other ways of dealing with stress than to use. However, by restructuring the response to specific triggers, addicts learn new ways to avoid temptations and relapse. In this way, a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program can be highly effective for long-term success. The nature of the treatment gives recipients the tools to effectively fight off temptations should they arise.

The professional addiction treatment staff at Gateway Foundation Carbondale implements CBT into many of our treatment plans for clients. In doing so, we are giving each client their best chance at long-lasting recovery.

Creating Positive Habits with Gateway Foundation Carbondale

Before substance abuse becomes a full-blown addiction, it’s typically a “bad habit.” Unfortunately, our habits become how we live. Habits create routine, and people enjoy routines and habits. When those habits and routines are negative and harmful, change is necessary. However, when your particular habit is addictive, then you have an issue. A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program could be exactly what you need. It helps you learn to identify your bad habits and create positive new ones. Are you looking for a life-changing program? Finally ready to face your addiction head on? Take action today and get the help you need. If you would like to learn more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, contact Gateway Foundation Carbondale today at 618.529.1151. You can also learn about our other addiction therapy services and how we can help you achieve recovery.