CBT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts by interrogating and uprooting negative or irrational beliefs.
CBT is considered a “solutions-oriented” form of talk therapy, and rests on the idea that thoughts and perceptions influence behavior. CBT particularly explores the conflicts between what we want to do and what we actually do.
CBT is effective with a diverse set of client concerns:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
CBT can help you:
- Identify problems more clearly
- Develop awareness of automatic thoughts
- Challenge false underlying assumptions
- Distinguish between facts and irrational thoughts
- Understand how past experience can affect present feelings and beliefs
- Stop fearing the worst
- See a situation from a different perspective
- Establish attainable goals
- Stop taking the blame for everything
- Focus on how things are rather than how they think they should be
- Face your fears rather than avoid them
- Better understand other people’s actions and motivations
- Describe, accept, and understand rather than judge yourself or others
Cognitive behavioral therapy techniques can be practiced outside the therapist’s office.
Recovering addicts can do many CBT exercises on their own from home or in a group setting.
Cognitive behavioral therapy shows that many harmful actions and emotions are not logical or rational. These feelings and behaviors may come from past experiences or environmental factors.
When an addicted person understands why they feel or act a certain way — and how those feelings and actions lead to substance use — they are better equipped to overcome their addiction.
Cognitive behavioral therapists help recovering addicts identify their negative “automatic thoughts.” An automatic thought is based on impulse and often comes from misconceptions and internalized feelings of self-doubt and fear. Often, people try to self-medicate these painful thoughts and feelings by drinking or abusing drugs.
By continually revisiting painful memories, recovering addicts can reduce the pain caused by them. They can then learn new, positive behaviors to replace their drug or alcohol use.
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