CBT and Addiction Recovery
Extensive evidence points towards the fact that CBT is a highly effective method of addiction recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that the skills clients learn while participating in CBT remain with them long after clinical treatment has concluded. NIDA also suggests that CBT is the most effective when it is combined with a range of other behavioral therapies, Medication Assisted Treatment (whenever necessary) and 12 step program immersion. At Guardian Recovery Network we have developed a highly integrated recovery program that incorporates all evidence-based treatment methods, providing our clients with the most comprehensive clinical care available.
The Benefits of CBT
Clients learn a wide variety of tools and skills while engaged in CBT, which serves as a major component of group and individual therapy sessions. Far-reaching benefits of CBT include:
- The ability to identify and change dysfunctional personal beliefs and detrimental beliefs about substance use (for example, beliefs like, “I am only hurting myself.” Or, “I can control my drinking or drug use.”)
- The ability to adequately assess high-risk situations, and consistently choose to spend time with people or seek out environments that are more conducive to recovery.
- Changing the automatic thoughts that lead to substance use, and replacing them with healthy and productive ways of thinking.
- An increased ability to work through the psychological urges and drug cravings that would otherwise lead to relapse.
- Changing negative, ritualistic behaviors associated with drug use and drinking.
- Changing psychological beliefs and reactions to relapse that can easily lead to the continuation of a vicious cycle.
- Developing a personal arsenal of appropriate responses that can be utilized by a client when he or she is offered a drink or another chemical substance.
- Learning how to “play the tape through” or appropriately weigh the pros and cons of a return to substance use.
- Developing a healthy sense of self-respect, and learning how to consistently bolster self-esteem through esteemable acts.
- Learning how to rely on support groups and sober support systems, like that provided by a sponsorship family or by a 12-step group like Alcoholics Anonymous.
To learn more about the extensive benefits of CBT, or to learn more about the comprehensive level of therapeutic care we provide in each of our clinical treatment programs, reach out today.