When healing from addiction and mental health conditions, most patients spend the majority of their time in therapy. At Bayview Recovery, we tailor the treatment options to the patient’s unique needs. One of the most common treatment options we offer is cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT. This treatment can help teach healthy and effective coping skills that the individual can use outside of treatment. To learn about the benefits of a cognitive-behavioral therapy program, please call Bayview Recovery at 855.478.3650.

Understanding a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program

Woman talks during her cognitive-behavioral therapy programA 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 addiction 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.

How Does CBT Work?

The first component of CBT is functional analysis. This is where the therapist helps the client to identify the sources of their negative thinking and behaviors. These causal elements can be varied. They may include issues related to problems such as:

  • Childhood emotional or physical abuse
  • Past trauma
  • Undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues
  • Poor self-esteem

A functional analysis helps patients to identify specific triggers. Identifying these pivotal moments is the first step to creating new, healthier responses when they arise.

Once a client has identified their triggers, skills training helps them learn new habits they can use in response, instead of coping by using drugs and alcohol. Substances are often used as a means of self-medication, but they only add new problems without rectifying old ones. New behaviors that can help clients cope and feel good without drugs or alcohol can include anything from cooking, exercising, writing, or journaling to yoga or regularly participating in support groups based on the challenges they’re facing.

Why a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program Works

CBT helps the recovering individuals achieve and maintain their sobriety by substantially eliminating the risks of a relapse. It realizes these goals by minimizing or eliminating negative thoughts that individuals may have, encouraging individuals to build healthier habits, and enabling persons to cope with a wide variety of stressful and challenging situations. With the tools that CBT provides, most individuals find themselves better equipped to manage their cravings and avoid drugs and alcohol long-term. CBT therapy also helps clients find the practices that will best serve their personality and circumstances, ensuring they have tools that they can rely on throughout their sobriety.

Your Attitudes Affect Your Recovery

Another aspect that CBT helps people control is “all or nothing” thinking. These attitudes can quickly and easily derail a person’s attempt at sobriety with devastating consequences. Black-and-white thinking, such as making a mistake and believing its consequences are irreversible, is common, especially among people recovering from substance abuse. Not only is this type of thinking ungrounded, but it can also be a leading cause of relapse.

Individuals may come to expect perfection from themselves during recovery. However, healing doesn’t require perfect thoughts or actions. The key is an on-going commitment to sobriety, regardless of any slip-ups. CBT helps people manage the natural emotions raised by the inevitable mistakes people will make during their recovery — whether big or small — and help them maintain perspective, reground themselves, and continue their sobriety journey without a relapse.

The Value of a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at Bayview Recovery

Bayview Recovery in Tacoma, Washington, offers many leading therapies and techniques to help individuals recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. During addiction, co-occurring disorders are all too frequently accompany substance use. In addition to a cognitive-behavioral therapy program, clients can benefit from a wide range of modalities as a part of a comprehensive, individualized rehab program, which includes:

Bayview Recovery’s treatment center, designed around maximizing the comfort of its clients, helps individuals focus on what matters most — their recovery. Call 855.478.3650 today to learn more about our rehab programs and to get back to the life you deserve.