How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works in Addiction Recovery

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Recovery

The National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists defines cognitive behavioral therapy as,

“A form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do.”

There are a number of facts that can be gathered from CBT, such as that it:

  • Is structured and directive
  • Is based on an educational model
  • Is more time-limited and application-based
  • Is a collaborative effort between the therapist and client

CBT has been shown as an extremely effective approach that can help people work through challenging thoughts and feelings; in a sense, CBT can be used to help a person detect old, negative thought patterns and, with greater freedom, can choose a different cognitive route to benefit their mindset and recovery. A study titled, “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders” explained that CBT works well alone or with a combination of other recovery-related forms of treatment; in fact, many people have attested to the success of participating in both CBT sessions as well as 12-Step programs, which can add a form of social support for healing as well.

CBT can assist with many aspects of one’s life, including:

  • Regarding certain instances in a more positive light to help with emotional experiences
  • Greater insight for rejecting substances if offered
  • Enhanced ability to connect with others, especially if unproductive thoughts are able to be dissolved
  • Healthier strategies for coping when anger, anxiety, depression and more arise
  • Tools that can be applied directly to recovery

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) highlights that CBT is practical as a supportive form of psychotherapy, as it seeks to minimize relapse by helping a person recognize unhealthy cognitions that could set them back in their healing journey. If you’ve been battling addiction, make the decision to seek out support and speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today. It’s never too late to begin your journey towards recovery – and with the right tools and resources, you’ll find that faith, hope, love, and support are right around the corner.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of two 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers, and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first. For more information, call 1-800-646-9998 today.