Understanding a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program
A cognitive behavioral therapy program rests on the premise that a person’s thoughts and feelings can significantly influence and affect their actions. Therefore, helping an individual to change their attitudes and think more positively about themselves and their problems can help them substantially when they begin the process of recovery from addiction. It can also help them sustain a healthy, long-term recovery. CBT, as it is frequently called, takes place in a one-on-one setting. Here, the client and counselor can talk openly about the individual’s feelings and attitudes about their struggles.
During these direct, personal and private conversations, the therapist will help the recovering client. They will learn and practice two primary skills, functional analysis and skills training. Both of these practices can help individuals decrease negative attitudes and thoughts and increase positive ones. Assisting clients in changing their perceptions about themselves, their problems and the recovery process can substantially lower their psychological dependence on substances and minimize the risks they will face after treatment.