Since the early 1920s, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been researched and practiced as an effective type of psychotherapy for those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. This type of talk therapy has been looked at as the umbrella over dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), among others. The process—guided by a trained therapist—helps you reframe negative thoughts and change how you respond to challenges, particularly if you need to work through trauma. When used in conjunction with other treatment methods, CBT is an extremely helpful tool that can serve you for your entire life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Tools that Can Change Your Life
What to Expect from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
During your first cognitive behavioral therapy session, your therapist will discuss your goals for treatment and how long treatment should last. CBT takes place in individual, family and group therapy settings. Along with learning more about your condition, you will understand and practice a variety of coping, stress management and relaxation strategies to use outside of the therapy sessions. This will help you to become more aware of your negative or inaccurate thought patterns so that you are able to correct them.
Unlike other forms of treatment, CBT is more of a partnership. You’ll want to be an active participant in the therapy to get the best results. While it can take many sessions to see results, you will be able to use the strategies of CBT immediately and begin to see things through a new perspective.
Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a popular talk therapy used in substance use treatment because of its wide-ranging benefits, including:
- Finding better ways to communicate with others
- Learning how to cope during stressful periods of time without relying on substance
- Managing mental illness symptoms, sometimes without the use of prescription medications
- Overcoming trauma and feelings of grief
- Learning how to manage emotions
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at New Hope Ranch
New Hope Ranch has a talented and dedicated team experienced with using CBT during drug and alcohol treatment. Their guidance will help you develop coping skills so that you can live a fulfilling and sober life. See how CBT, coupled with other evidence-based therapies, can help you thrive in recovery.