There are many options available to people who suffer from addiction. One of them is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This type of therapy works for a variety of psychological problems, including addiction. Understanding the benefits and methodology of cognitive behavioral therapy is key to picking the right addiction treatment.

What Is CBT?

CBT in therapists officeCognitive behavioral talk therapy modifies dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts in order to treat deep-seated emotional problems. Experts use CBT by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Because this treatment method is unique, it differs from traditional Freudian psychoanalysis therapy.

Psychoanalysis therapy attempts to find the root cause of a problem. Finding the cause typically involves exploring childhood trauma. CBT, on the other hand, emphasizes finding workable solutions to these problems. During cognitive therapy, therapists encourage people to challenge their distorted ideas and thoughts that initially lead to these problems.

People often uncover their destructive behavioral patterns when they challenge their distorted cognitions. Simply replacing these negative ideas with positivity is enough to help people put an end to the destructive behavior.

Types of Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Believe it or not, there are many types of cognitive therapy out there. There is no single method of therapy that works for everyone, but people typically have success when discovering the best one for them. The different types include:

  • Rational emotive behavior therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Multimodal therapy

Don’t worry too much about what kind of cognitive therapy is right for you. Experts can help you pick one that addresses your individual areas of concern. Each type of therapy focuses on different principles and concepts. All emotional disorders are different, but there’s a type of cognitive therapy for you.

Myths About Cognitive Therapy

There are a number of myths that surround cognitive behavior therapy. One of the most common is that it only treats symptoms. However, it actually treats you as an emotionally complex individual.

You are more than just your physical body. Cognitive therapy deals with sensations, emotions and the mind. The only way to handle a problem is to address these areas simultaneously with cognitive therapy.

Another myth is that therapists who practice cognitive therapy ignore a patient’s past. This myth surfaced because cognitive therapy tends to focus less on people’s pasts than other forms of therapy. However, all therapists know that people’s life experiences influence who they become. Cognitive therapists simply choose not to spend a tremendous amount of time on past problems. Instead, they focus on finding solutions to current problems.

Fortunately, many clients discover the root cause of their addiction while receiving cognitive therapy. It’s important to remember, however, that things in the past aren’t changeable. Instead of focusing on these, cognitive therapists stresses real solutions and the removal of negative thoughts.

Take Your Life Back With Help From 1st Step Behavioral Health

At 1st Step Behavioral Health, we’re proud to offer high-quality services. We provide our clients with custom drug addiction treatment plans. Our therapists use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help you healthily overcome addiction. We also offer a number of rehab services such as:

  • Intensive outpatient programs
  • Talk therapy
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Life skills development

We strongly believe in using holistic therapy to relieve stress. Some of our holistic services include massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic services. We invite our clients to use these services to relax and make the most out of their stay.

Learn what CBT can do for you. Let 1st Step Behavioral Health lead you down the path of recovery. Call (855) 425-4846 for more information about addiction treatment services.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.