Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most successful mental health tools ever developed. It has an exceedingly high success rate for depression and anxiety, conditions that individuals often experience in conjunction with addiction. Additionally, when counselors and therapists use it alongside other methods of addiction treatment, a cognitive-behavioral therapy program can be incredibly effective at helping an individual find long-term success in recovery.
At Alina Lodge, we consider cognitive-behavioral therapy to be an essential part of our treatment program. This is in part because it gives our students a way to talk through their problems so that they can better shape their future behaviors. If you or someone you care about is struggling with substance use issues, it is worth learning more about the therapeutic options on offer at Alina Lodge. Reach out to our expert, compassionate staff today online or by calling 833.685.1700.
What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
In our cognitive-behavioral therapy program in New Jersey, you’ll participate in individual therapy sessions with a counselor whom you trust. In these sessions, you will learn to identify your own thinking patterns and habits and their connection to your behaviors. Then you’ll begin systematically replacing the habits and thoughts that result in adverse behavioral outcomes with healthier ones that allow you to correct those behaviors over time. You will also work on developing strategies for handling the stressors and triggers you will inevitably encounter in the outside world once you have graduated from our program.
How Does CBT Support Addiction Healing?
As you think the same things, or do the same things, over and over, you strengthen specific pathways in your brain. For example, perhaps you always go out for drinks after work with your colleagues. Each time you do it, it strengthens a connection that your brain makes between one event (the workday ending) and another (drinking). This connection eventually can become so strong that it pulls you toward that activity even when you tell yourself you’re not going to do it. The result is that your brain begins telling your body to crave alcohol when it receives that stimulus.
This is, of course, a very simplified description of an exceedingly complex process. Not everyone responds to such patterns and stimuli in the same ways. For individuals who struggle with breaking addictive patterns like this one, however, the best way to break it is by recognizing and understanding it. Only then can it be addressed and avoided.
At Alina Lodge, our cognitive-behavioral therapy program will help you understand these patterns and so that you can free yourself from them. We can show you how to face these truths, even when it’s hard. We show you how to be intentional in what you do.
Patterns can be difficult to break. But with the proper tools, even the most stubborn behaviors can be broken and retrained.
Learn More About Our Programs by Contacting Alina Lodge Today
At Alina Lodge, we believe that the most durable foundation for long-term recovery is rooted in knowledge and understanding: of the disease of addiction, but also of the self and of the mind upon which the disease is preying. This attention to learning and knowledge is precisely why we refer to our residents as “students.”
Genuine recovery takes many things, but primary among these are understanding, discipline, patience, and time. When you re ready to commit to sobriety and to free yourself from drugs and alcohol, reach out to Alina Lodge. Contact us using our secure online form today, or call 833.685.1700.