Cognitive behavior therapy is a type of therapy that is used to change behaviors. It is often associated with treatment for depressions, anxiety and other mental diseases, but in recent years it has been shown to help with addiction to alcohol or drugs. Addiction therapy that includes cognitive behavior therapy is very effective when used as a part of a recovery treatment plan.
Cognitive behaviors are usually caused by a person’s thought process and not their surroundings. This means that outside factors like people or jobs or events can cause a person’s thought process to be effected. A person can change how they think and learn how to control their thoughts, which will then help them feel more in control of their environment. In addition, learning to control your thought process will help you control your behavior.
But what does that mean for an addict? If an addict can control their thoughts they will be less likely to seek out drugs or alcohol to help control their thoughts.
Addiction therapy and cognitive behavior therapy will teach addicts how to notice situations and actions that will lead to drinking or using drugs. Once an addict recognizes these situations, they can avoid these triggers.
Working with an addiction therapist, addicts will learn the triggers of their addiction. They will get to know their own thought process and be more aware of what causes them to reach out to substances as a coping device. By becoming aware, an addict will be more easily able to avoid triggers and circumstances that will lead to a relapse.
Most addicts are using drugs or alcohol as a coping method. They are unable to control their thoughts and want to dilute them by turning to their addiction. Addiction therapy will teach them the skills they need to turn their thoughts elsewhere. They will be taught the coping skills they need to deal with their thoughts and the outside environment without turning to their addiction.
The amount of time spent in addiction therapy is determined by the individual and their needs. Someone who has been addicted for a longer period of time, may have to spend a bit longer in therapy. The longer time spent in therapy will give the addict more time to learn the skills they need in order to cope. Someone who has not been addicted for a longer period of time may spend less time in therapy.
Seeking help for an addiction in the form of therapy can help. It’s suggested that in addition to therapy, addicts should also attend drug treatment. The success rate of rehab and therapy in addicts is much greater than therapy alone.