Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Although addiction is a disease, it’s unique compared to many other common diseases that are treated today. People aren’t born addicts, but rather develop the disease of addiction through a confluence of genetic, environmental, and developmental factors. There’s evidence that suggests individuals who were exposed to substance abuse and addiction in their childhoods will be more likely to suffer from chemical dependency themselves, either due to having inherited a predisposition or due to having learned the behavior of substance abuse.
Alternately, there are individuals with no prior exposure to the disease of addiction, but who develop an addiction anyway; this can occur as a result of being curious about substance abuse, having friends or peers who participate in substance abuse, or due to a number of other scenarios. In short, there are many independent factors that can contribute to an individual’s development of the disease of addiction.
Developing an addiction involves adopting an entirely new and self-destructive way of life that deteriorates one’s physical, mental, emotional, social, and even spiritual well-being over a period of months, years, or even decades spent in active addiction. Unfortunately, the disease of addiction cannot be cured, but individuals suffering from alcohol and drug dependencies can overcome the disease through recovery.
Addiction treatment programs and treatments offered at Guardian Intensive Outpatient incorporate the most effective treatment modalities in order to target the specific symptoms and effects of alcohol and drug addiction, affording those who have been in the throes of substance abuse with the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve lasting sobriety.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Addiction?
Counseling and therapy have been a central component of recovery from addiction ever since the inception of organized addiction treatments. The purpose of psychotherapy is, in short, to help individuals heal by finding healthier and more constructive alternatives to maladaptive patterns of thought and behavior. Moreover, psychotherapy is instrumental in helping individuals process and cope with painful experiences—such as grieving a death or dealing with the aftermath of abuse—and deal with major life changes. In the field of psychology, there are several treatment modalities that can be used to help individuals achieve mental and emotional health, one of which is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Cognitive behavioral therapy has been characterized as a short-term, goal-oriented, focused form of psychotherapeutic counseling that is focused on identifying harmful patterns of thought, belief, or behavior that underlie individuals’ problems and issues. By identifying the source of individuals’ problems, the patient and therapist can work together to develop strategies for learning and implementing healthier and more productive modes of thought and behavior. In short, cognitive behavioral therapy is effective because it focuses on gaining a thorough understanding of how the individual’s thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes relate to or affect his or her behavior as a way of helping the individual to deal with emotional dysfunction. Cognitive behavioral therapy could be seen as the combination or merging of behavioral therapy with traditional psychotherapy due to its emphasis on understanding the relationship between one’s emotional problems, thoughts, and behaviors while also looking at the personal meaning that individuals attribute images or experiences as well as reflecting on patterns of thought. Used to treat a wide variety of conditions, cognitive behavioral therapy is often used today to treat depression, anxiety, sleeping disorders, mood and personality disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and even substance abuse disorders and addictions.
Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is Beneficial for Treating Addiction
While it’s important to detox and achieve sobriety in the early part of one’s recovery from addiction, it’s often seen as even more important to learn the factors that contributed to an individual’s addiction in order to anticipate potential obstacles to lasting sobriety or possible causes for relapse. Cognitive behavioral therapy for substance abuse treatment has proven to be incredibly effective in helping individuals understand what led to their development of substance abuse disorders and to even identify their individual substance abuse triggers, which are feelings, situations, or experiences that can make it especially tempting to relapse. Due to its effectiveness in helping individuals understand how their patterns of thought have led to the development of addiction, cognitive behavioral therapy is seen as instrumental in relapse prevention.
Guardian IOP Provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Overcome Addiction
Evidence shows that cognitive behavioral therapy is incredibly effective as a treatment for those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction, which is why Guardian Intensive Outpatient incorporates a strong basis of CBT into the counseling offered as part of our programs. In fact, research has shown that cognitive behavioral therapy is the most appropriate form of counseling for substance abuse due to its efficacy in short-term applications. Moreover, cognitive behavioral therapy is a high-quality, evidence-based method that we use to address the specific symptoms of substance abuse disorders, helping patients to identify the patterns of thought and behavior that led to the development of chemical dependency while helping them create a strategy for long-term sobriety and abstinence.
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Addiction is a deadly, progressive disease, but no addict’s suffering is absolute. At Guardian Intensive Outpatient, we offering only psychotherapy and treatments that incorporate only the highest quality, state-of-the-art methods and techniques that allow individual to overcome chemical dependency. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, let Guardian IOP help you make your way to a healthier, more fulfilled life today.