Cognitive behavioral therapy sets you up for long-term recovery from addiction
Overcoming a drug addiction is a process that takes time and effort on the part of the addict and those that love them. A combination of therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication can be successful in dealing with most drug addictions when the addict is fully committed to changing. Here at Wasatch Crest Recovery, our dual diagnosis approach heals both the body and the mind and paves the path to recovery from any substance.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to change negative thinking patterns in order to stop the drug abuse cycle. While addiction is typically manifest in physical forms, most addicts have underlying, destructive mental patterns and habits that must be identified and changed before freedom from dependency can be obtained. Whether the drug of choice is alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling or tobacco, cognitive therapy can be successful in changing patterns from destructive and dangerous to productive.
During cognitive therapy, our professionals work to break down the negative thinking cycle, and replace bad patterns with healthy, new behaviors that stop the addiction. In order for treatment to truly be successful, the addict and their loved ones must understand why the compulsion to use drugs is present.
Therapy can identify triggers – events that occur in everyday life that send the addict scrambling for their drug of choice. Once these triggers are identified, therapists are able to teach the addict and their loved ones how to deal with them appropriately and in a healthy manner rather than destructively.
Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Here at Wasatch Crest Recovery, we recognize that treatment must be customized for each patient, and that therapy has many benefits that can make or break a treatment program. Some of the more obvious benefits of cognitive therapy include:
- Support network – In order for any addict to overcome destructive behaviors, a support network is crucial. During the recovery process, the patient must have people to depend on when they are weak. Therapists can aid a patient when relapse is likely by offering encouragement and support.
- Thought patterns – Many patients struggle with negative thought patterns that result in risky behaviors like drug abuse. When life is bleak and stressful, an addict may turn to their substance of choice in order to deal. With cognitive therapy, they develop positive thinking patterns that allow them to deal with everyday stressful situations.
- Increased self-esteem – Low self-esteem is a common factor in those who abuse drugs or other substances. With regular therapy, self-esteem is increased and positive self-worth is reinforced on a regular basis in order to prove to the patient that he or she deserves a better life free from dependency.
- Resistance to peer pressure – Most addicts have a network of people that enable them to get drugs or alcohol. In order to successfully beat an addiction, they must be able to resist the pressure that comes from those they associate with. Therapy allows the patient to deal with situations they may face before they must deal with them in reality.
- Cost effective – Cognitive behavioral therapy can be performed on an outpatient basis, lessening the cost for those who can’t afford inpatient care.
- Baby steps – Most addiction programs involve small steps that lead to a great change. Programs that claim to work quickly aren’t likely to be successful, and regular therapy helps patients stay on the correct path.
- Normal activity – With outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy, the patient is able to keep a job and maintain regular activity levels in order to keep living life as normal as possible.
- Gradual end – With behavioral therapy, patients are slowly weaned off treatment when they are ready, rather than an abrupt end that can disrupt progress. Therapy may be cut back as the patient shows they are ready.
Combined with the required medication and other treatments, behavioral therapy can be a powerful tool in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.
How We Can Help
Here at Wasatch Crest Recovery, we take a unique, dual approach to drug addiction and rehab. Our goal is to ensure the well-being and happiness of our patients and their loved ones by healing the mind and the body. With our treatment programs, patients get the help they need to overcome destructive thinking patterns that lead to drug abuse.
If you or someone you love struggle with drug addiction and may benefit from therapy, give us a call today to learn more.