Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach that seeks to modify negative or self-defeating thoughts and behavior. CBT is aimed at both thought and behavior change (i.e., coping by thinking differently and coping by acting differently). CBT includes a focus on overt, observable behaviors – such as the act of abusing a drug – and identifies steps to avoid situations that lead to drug abuse. When a drug addicted person understands why he feels or acts a certain way, and how those feelings and actions lead to substance use, he is well equipped to overcome his addiction. CBT is about the patient learning to run his life.
In our individual and group treatments, we utilize specialized CBT treatment methods that are tailored for the particular disorder. Our staff acts as a catalyst towards a change by the patient. He creates sessions that feels safe, compassionate and personal and makes the patient understand that the real power rests in his hands.
Once the treatment plan is created, progress can be made with a number of strategies, such as; goal setting, agenda setting, relaxation, problem-solving, behavioral activation, homework assignments, and relapse prevention.
Our comprehensive CBT treatment service is based on the principles that CBT:-
- is an ever-evolving formulation of the patient and his/her problems in cognitive terms;
- requires a good patient-counselor relationship;
- emphasizes collaboration and active participation;
- is goal-oriented and problem focused;
- initially emphasizes the present;
- is educative; it aims to teach the patient to be his/her own counselor, and emphasizes relapse prevention;
- aims to be time limited;
- sessions are structured;
- teaches patients to identify, evaluate, and respond to their dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs; and
- uses a variety of techniques to change thinking, mood, and behavior.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, help is available. It’s never too late to make a positive change. Call on us!