CBT for Addiction

Cognitive-behavioral therapy for addiction recovery is not a new or unheard of treatment. In fact, it’s one of the most common therapeutic treatments used in drug and alcohol rehab centers worldwide. At SJRP, we provide clients with individualized care that independently created with the client in mind. Each therapy offering, support group, and approach to treatment that we use is focused directly on the unique needs of the client that we are treating.

Our therapy programs adapt and change on a regular basis, to meet the changing needs of the clients we treat as well as the changing dynamics of our recovery groups as the individuals within those groups change. It’s a rather complicated way of stating: We treat YOU based on YOUR needs. Often times, CBT is one of the many techniques that our therapists will incorporate into a client’s treatment plan.

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The Facts About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

There are over 330,000,000 men, women, and children who call the U.S. their home. Of these millions of individuals, over 10% of all men, women, and children of varying ages, lifestyles, and social classes have been reported to suffer from a substance use disorder at some point in their lifetime. And as the population continues to grow, drug and alcohol use patterns continue to evolve and change as well, often leading to different rises in varying substance abuse records.

A substance use disorder occurs when an individual misuses a psychoactive compound drug or medication and their misuse grows out of their personal control, resulting in financial issues, relational/social problems, and work, home, and school issues/difficulties. Not everyone who misuses a substance like alcohol, drugs, or medications will develop a substance use disorder, but enough individuals do that the occurrence has become a public health issue. Substance use disorders can vary in their intensities, often growing more severe the longer an individual uses, how often they use, and how much of the substance they use each time. If a substance use disorder goes unchecked and untreated, it can lead to addiction and sometimes even life-threatening situations and circumstances.

Luckily, even though substance use disorders and addiction can be difficult to manage and have severe consequences, there is a way to be treated and recover from them. Drug and alcohol rehab centers are located all over the country and do their best to make themselves available to anyone who needs treatment. There are many different types of drug and alcohol rehab programs, treatment options, and opportunities an individual can enroll in, one of the most well-known being cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

What is Drug and Alcohol Rehab?

There are many different types of substance use disorders and addictions that individuals in the U.S. can suffer from. There is no exact science to explain how individuals become addicted to different substances, instead, it is generally accepted in the medical and scientific community that everyone is vulnerable to developing a substance use disorder if they misuse drugs, alcohol, or medications that have abuse potential. Of course, it is also generally believed that some individuals are more vulnerable to developing a substance use disorder, depending on a plethora of different factors, including (but not limited to):

  • Biology
  • Genetics
  • Environment
  • Stress levels

Anyone can develop a substance use disorder at any point in their life, although some individuals are more vulnerable to specific substances, situations, and circumstances. Just because an individual has more susceptible biology, a history of use in their family, high-stress levels, and are surrounded by a negative or traumatic environment (or has these things in their past) does not mean they will for sure become addicted to a substance if they misuse it, but it does make them more vulnerable. Since there are different types of substance misuse disorders, and different people who suffer from the condition,  drug and alcohol rehab centers across the nation work hard to provide their clients with many different types of addiction treatment programs, plans, and opportunities. These rehab opportunities can include:

Within each of these service programs, there are a multitude of different treatment plans and opportunities. Every individual is different, thus their struggles with addiction and substance use disorders will also vary, meaning each individual person will need an addiction treatment plan that is unique to them and their condition. Every drug and alcohol treatment program will vary a bit, depending on the individual, the state they live in, the state they are looking to receive treatment in, their insurance policy, and the individual. But, one of the most commonly used addiction treatment methods is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and How Does it Work?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a treatment method that focuses on understanding and rewiring the root cause of an individual’s actions and behaviour. This treatment method dedicates its time to understanding the patterns of an individual’s thinking–whether they are highly disjointed or not–and unpacks the beliefs, values and attitude of the client that produces that line of thought. Substance abuse disorders are inherently chronic conditions of the mind, and their beginnings can oftentimes be traced back to an event or series of events and circumstances that triggered a specific line of thinking and beliefs that eventually lead the individual to drug and alcohol misuse.

Even though cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most commonly used treatment methods in alcohol and drug rehabs, psychotherapy has only recently come into prominence after undergoing nearly 40 years of dedicated research. CBT has been found to be reliably effective in a large variety of persons with a large variety of personal problems and behavioral disorders, ranging anywhere from anti-social tendencies to substance abuse and criminal behaviors. Unlike other therapeutic methods that focus on the individual’s past life situations, cognitive behavioral therapy targets the core of the individual as they are now, working backward with them to understand the true origin and intent of their thoughts, feelings, and actions in order for the client to create better, healthier coping skills, thought processes and decision making.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is also unique as it puts the client’s responsibility for themselves, their thoughts, emotions, actions, and reactions in their own hands. The therapy must be led by a licensed professional or paraprofessional who has undergone extensive training. Once that professional is able to guide the individual into an understanding and acceptance of themselves and their actions at the core, then