cognitive-behavioral therapyA variety of therapies exist for addiction treatment. When you receive care at Alina Lodge, we will discuss a range of these therapies with you, provide you with insight into what’s available to you, and guide you towards healing. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the foundational types of treatment available. It may provide you with the support you need to start healing.

What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a type of talk therapy. It is used to help with mental health disorders and substance use disorders. It is designed to help you learn to be more aware of your thoughts and feelings. By better managing negative thinking, you may be able to minimize the risk of negative behaviors such as using drugs or alcohol.

Our goal in using cognitive-behavioral therapy is to allow you to identify and then cope with challenges, stress, and negative thinking quickly. Once you have learned this skill, you will be better able to steer yourself out of these negative thoughts and, as a result, not feel the need to use drugs or alcohol.

What Can CBT Do for You?

The outcome is always different from one person to the next. However, many people will see a broad range of benefits of cognitive-behavioral therapy. These may include:

  • Allowing you to manage your symptoms of mental health more effectively
  • Minimizing the desire to use drugs or alcohol
  • Preventing relapse
  • Teaching you how to cope with trauma
  • Encouraging you to explore opportunities for managing emotions healthily

When you are using drugs and alcohol, there is no way to seclude yourself from all of the stresses you felt before. But now, you need to learn how to manage those stressors and negative thoughts without using substances. This type of therapy can give you the tools to do that.

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

During this type of addiction treatment, you will work one-on-one with your therapist. You will need to open up and talk about what typically occurs before you begin using drugs and alcohol. What’s important is to learn how to identify negative emotions and then learn how to change them.

One part of this is to create cognitive strategies. This includes learning about distorted patterns of thinking. It also includes exploring what this type of thinking does to you and how to modify what you feel so you can achieve a better outcome.

The second component of this therapy is a behavioral intervention. Here, you will attempt to change your behaviors to better manage the relationship between your concerns and your responses to them. This may include exposure, behavioral activation, and motivational strategies to help you achieve better balance.

When Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Used?

You may find it used in many of the drug addiction treatment programs we offer. You may also find it used as a way to manage your mental health disorders. In all situations, you may find this is one of the most rewarding opportunities for you to overcome the challenges you’re facing because it empowers you to take control of your actions. You’ll feel more able to control what happens to you, at least from the way you react to it.

We encourage you to learn more about the addiction treatment programs at Alina Lodge and how they can help you:

Invest in Treatment at Alina Lodge

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the services we provide at Alina Lodge. If you are ready to change your life and achieve genuine recovery, we can help you with our modern, compassionate approach to addiction treatment. To learn more, reach out to us online or call 833.685.1700 for an appointment.