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 form of therapy can help teach healthy and effective coping skills that the individual can use outside of treatment.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns, beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to emotional distress and psychological problems. It is based on the idea that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, and that by changing one aspect, the others can be positively impacted.
CBT helps individuals recognize situations or emotions that may trigger their addictive behaviors. By understanding these triggers, they can develop healthier coping mechanisms to deal with stress, anxiety, or other negative emotions without resorting to substance abuse or other harmful behaviors.
CBT teaches individuals to identify and challenge irrational or negative thoughts that contribute to their addiction or mental health issues. By replacing these thoughts with more balanced and realistic ones, individuals can reduce emotional distress and improve their overall mental health.
CBT helps individuals develop problem-solving skills by teaching them a structured and systematic approach to tackle challenges and obstacles they encounter in life. This process involves several key steps that enable individuals to identify, analyze, and find appropriate solutions to their problems.
CBT can help individuals improve their self-esteem and self-efficacy through a variety of techniques and strategies that target the negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to low self-worth and feelings of incompetence. CBT empowers individuals to develop a more positive self-image and increases their confidence in their ability to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.
CBT encourages individuals to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements, both big and small. Recognizing and appreciating one’s accomplishments can boost self-image and reinforce the belief that they are capable and competent. It can also help a person recover from the shame and guilt that often comes with substance use and mental illness.
In addiction treatment, CBT equips individuals with the tools and strategies needed to prevent relapse. By recognizing early warning signs and implementing coping strategies, individuals can maintain their recovery and avoid returning to substance use.
Many people with addiction also struggle with mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety. CBT can address both the addiction and the underlying mental health condition, providing comprehensive treatment and improving the chances of long-term recovery.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a versatile and evidence-based treatment approach that can be tailored to an individual’s specific needs. It has proven effective in treating addiction and various mental health issues by focusing on changing negative thought patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, ultimately leading to improved emotional well-being and better overall mental health.
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.
This technique involves identifying and challenging negative, irrational, or distorted thoughts and beliefs. Individuals learn to replace these unhelpful thoughts with more balanced and realistic ones, leading to improved emotional well-being and healthier behaviors.
This technique aims to increase engagement in positive and rewarding activities to counteract the effects of depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. By scheduling and participating in enjoyable activities, individuals can improve their mood and overall well-being.
Exposure therapy is used to treat anxiety disorders, phobias, and PTSD by gradually exposing individuals to feared situations or stimuli in a controlled manner. This helps them confront and reduce their anxiety, ultimately leading to decreased avoidance behaviors and increased confidence in facing feared situations.
This technique teaches individuals a structured approach to identify, analyze, and find solutions to problems they encounter daily. By developing effective problem-solving skills, individuals can better cope with life’s challenges without resorting to unhealthy behaviors.
CBT often incorporates relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided imagery, to help individuals manage stress, anxiety, and negative emotions.
Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body scanning, can be integrated into CBT to help individuals become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in the present moment. This increased awareness can improve emotional regulation and promote healthier coping strategies.
CBT encourages individuals to set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals that align with their values and aspirations. By working towards and achieving these goals, individuals can boost their self-esteem and self-efficacy.
This technique helps individuals develop effective communication skills and learn to express their needs, feelings, and boundaries in a respectful and assertive manner. Assertiveness training can improve interpersonal relationships and overall mental health.
For individuals with social anxiety or difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships, CBT may include social skills training to help them develop appropriate and effective social behaviors.
CBT often involves self-monitoring of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors through the use of journals or logs. This practice helps individuals become more aware of their patterns and triggers, enabling them to implement learned coping strategies when needed.
These techniques, along with others, are used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address a wide range of mental health issues and emotional challenges. By learning and practicing these techniques, individuals can develop healthier thought patterns, beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to improved mental health and overall well-being.
Bayview Recovery’s treatment center, designed around maximizing the comfort of its clients, helps individuals focus on what matters most — their recovery. Contact us today to learn more about our rehab programs and to get back to the life you deserve.
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Dave Cundiff, MD, MPH is an experienced leader in the field of Substance Use Disorder treatment. He works with patients suffering from Substance Use Disorder to evaluate their medication needs and prescribe treatments accordingly. In addition, he regularly participates in all-staff debriefing sessions involving peers, nurses, and other prescribers. He also reviews and advises on policies, procedures, and techniques for treating substance use disorder.