DURING ADDICTION TREATMENT, THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF THERAPY OPTIONS AVAILABLE. AN ADDICTION SPECIALIST WORKS WITH EACH GUEST DURING INTAKE TO FIGURE OUT WHICH PROGRAMS ARE THE RIGHT ONES. INDIVIDUALS CAN BENEFIT FROM TREATMENTS LIKE INDIVIDUAL, GROUP, AND COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY DURING THEIR TREATMENT.
WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY?
Many addiction therapy services include cognitive behavioral therapy because of how effective it is. While an addiction creates a chemical dependency, it also forms a physiological habit. Individuals develop certain behaviors and habits surrounding their addiction. Even when they break the chemical dependency, these habits remain. The goal is to free the individual from these habits and develop new ways of living.
A cognitive behavioral therapy program teaches someone about the connections between their feelings, thoughts, and actions. Over time, the individual develops a heightened awareness about how these different things can impact their recovery. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps individuals realize that destructive emotions and actions are not logical.
More importantly, this type of therapy helps individuals learn how their environment and past experiences played a role in these harmful actions. Once someone knows why they think, act or feel a certain way, they can start to overcome their substance abuse. The goal in cognitive behavioral therapy is to get rid of these negative, automatic thoughts and misconceptions.
Afterward, the individual works toward learning positive behaviors and new ways of thinking. In many cases, negative thoughts are the underlying cause of depression and anxiety disorders. Since co-occurring mental illnesses like depression can fuel an addiction, individuals need to treat these disorders if they want to become sober. A cognitive behavioral therapy program helps individuals remove the automatic thoughts that cause anxiety and depression. As a result, it becomes easier for the individual to remain sober.
HOW DOES THERAPY HELP WITH LONG-TERM SOBRIETY?
Cognitive behavioral therapy gives guests the self-help tools they need to manage their moods and feelings. This type of therapy helps to remove false beliefs, negative thoughts, and insecurities. At the same time, the individual learns how to recognize, avoid, and cope with triggers. By learning how to manage triggers, the individual prepares for healthy, long-lasting sobriety. After treatment, people can still do the same exercises on their own at home or in a support group.
Ultimately, this type of therapy gives the individual control over their recovery. They can end the negative spiral of thoughts and feelings that fuel their addiction. Instead of self-medicating for negative emotions or mental disorders, they gain control of their thoughts and feelings. Each person can break the cycle of addiction and learn techniques for preventing a relapse.
TAKING THE NEXT STEP IN BECOMING SOBER
Once someone realizes that they have a problem, the next step is to find the right treatment options. Each rehab center offers an exclusive, unique range of programs. The right rehab depends on the individual’s personal situation and needs. Depending on the rehab center, guests can find help through treatment options such as:
- Art, music and recreational therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy
- Trauma counseling
- Nutrition assessments and plans
- Group, individual, and family counseling
- Psychiatric assessments
- Treatment for co-occurring illnesses
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