Addiction is a disease unique to the person. Because of the wide range of ways addiction affects your mental and physical health, no two people will experience the same symptoms while using or challenges when trying to get sober. After acknowledging you need help to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is essential to find a treatment center equipped to address your unique treatment needs and goals. 

Addiction is a disease that causes physical and psychological dependence on substances. Even after you have successfully detoxed and your body is no longer “hooked,” you remain at high risk for relapse without completing a comprehensive addiction treatment program. The therapeutic models used as part of a treatment program can help you learn to manage triggering events and situations.

What Is CBT?

CBT or cognitive-behavior therapy is one of the most commonly used types of psychotherapy across many models of addiction and mental health treatment needs. Psychotherapy has proven effective across a wide range of mental health and substance abuse issues. Some studies have indicated CBT is more effective than other forms of behavioral therapy when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. CBT is a form of talk therapy designed to help you learn how to recognize and consider (examine) negative thinking patterns that often lead to substance use. CBT encourages evaluating thoughts and perceptions to understand better the roots of addiction and various mental health symptoms.

As you progress through treatment, you will use newly developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills to change negative thoughts into positive and healthy behaviors that can help you manage relapse triggers. CBT therapy works in the “present” to examine a person’s current life rather than the circumstances or events that led to their struggles with substance use.

The Importance of CBT in Addiction Treatment

As part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program, CBT is designed to help you better understand “why” you turn to substances. Therapy sessions, whether individual or group, focus on helping you analyze how stressors, triggers, your social environment, or other factors encourage using substances as a form of coping or symptom relief. CBT helps those struggling with addiction learn more about how drugs or alcohol are unhealthy coping mechanisms while teaching and practicing healthier, safer coping strategies. CBT is beneficial in addiction treatment as it provides a new, healthier way of managing relapse triggers to encourage lasting sobriety. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is also helpful as a part of a dual diagnosis treatment approach. It can help address the roots of addiction and the symptoms and challenges presented from a co-occurring mental health condition. 

How Concise Recovery will Help You Heal From Addiction

Cognitive-behavioral therapy as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program can help you heal and overcome addiction. At Concise Recovery, we will work with you to design a treatment program that addresses your unique needs and goals. Our caring and compassionate team understand that seeking treatment is not easy. There are often concerns and fear accompanied by acknowledging a struggle with addiction and choosing to get sober. 

The most successful treatment programs are those that address all your needs. They must consider the physical, psychological, and spiritual challenges you face as you detox and get sober. Addiction is a unique and individual struggle, and therefore cookie cutter, one size fits all models cannot lead to long-term sobriety and recovery. Your treatment program must be built around your holistic needs, not the substance you are addicted to. 

If you or a loved one are ready to overcome addiction, contact our admissions team at Concise Recovery to learn more about how CBT and our treatment programs can help you heal from addiction.