COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
The underlying theme of using cognitive behavioral therapy is reframing. In reframing, the patient will learn how to nonjudgmentally evaluate his/her line of thinking and to change inaccurate or negative thoughts. The line of thinking affects emotions, which in-turn affect behaviors. This is a highly-valuable tool for the treatment of drug addiction and alcoholism, as this subset of patients typically has an immensely distorted perception of themselves and others.
CBT is also used to confront defense mechanisms, such as denial, rationalization, denial, and avoidance.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Abuse
A schema is how one thinks of themselves and the world. Schemas can somewhat predict one’s emotions and reactions to events and are thought to arise from childhood, or other events that have occurred in one’s life. Schema based cognitive therapy has become a valuable type of therapy for substance abusers, because it forces the patient to take a thorough evaluation of oneself in the safe setting of a drug and alcohol rehab. The patient’s schema leads to the formation of a unique set of defense mechanisms such as denial, avoidance, defensiveness, etc. The set of defense mechanisms that are commonly utilized is specific to each patient. These defense mechanisms prevent a person from exhibiting positive behaviors in response to an event.
Subsets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Where is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Performed?
The licensed therapists at Behavioral Wellness and Recovery are specifically trained in various types of CBT and will work to ensure that you or your loved one will receive the best possible drug and alcohol rehab experience possible. Should you require assistance or would like your questions answered, our Addiction Specialists are available 24/7 at 800-683-4485.
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