Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has proven highly effective for recovery because it helps people change their thoughts and habits.

CBT and Substance Abuse

Overcoming a substance use disorder requires you to make substantial lifestyle adjustments, including thinking differently about yourself and your relationships. Negativity and self-defeating behavior characterize the disease of addiction. As a form of psychotherapy, CBT helps people slow down before reacting to a thought or feeling or before engaging in a destructive habit.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Problematic thoughts and actions are often at the root of addiction. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach that teaches people to identify links between their emotions and mindset and become more aware of how these factors affect their overall outlook on life. Cognitive behavioral therapists usually focus more on solving current problems instead of how past events have affected your life.

In many cases, the cycle of addiction begins when someone relies on alcohol or drugs to drown out a constant inner monologue telling them they are worthless or “less than.” When you understand how your attitudes and beliefs contribute to substance use, it provides you with a stable foundation for overcoming addiction.

The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Addiction

By incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy into your specialized addiction treatment plan, you can learn how to recognize irrational thoughts when they arise, replacing your self-destructive habits with new, healthy ones.

CBT can help you learn how to:

  • Identify negative thoughts and emotions
  • Become more mentally resilient
  • Prevent a relapse
  • Cope with anger, grief and loss
  • Manage stress without turning to drugs or alcohol
  • Overcome trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges
  • Resolve relationship difficulties

When you think about going to therapy, you may picture yourself forming a long-term relationship with a counselor, psychologist or social worker. However, since CBT is so goal-oriented and specific, treatment tends to take less time than some other forms of therapy. A therapist who specializes in CBT will customize a plan to uncover the root causes of your issues and determine the best way to handle them.

Why Should You Choose Cumberland Heights?

Cumberland Heights has significantly invested in our ability to monitor long-term outcomes for clients who complete our Tennessee inpatient treatment program. We have joined the SUD Outcomes Network, a shared cloud-hosted database that tracks program success using a series of measurements to assess how well people continue using the tools they learned in treatment and actively participate in their recovery journey.

By using data strategically, our treatment professionals can identify how well our programming improves people’s lives and which solutions are most effective. We’ve published these findings in a summary report detailing our efforts to improve practices and survey post-discharge results.

In 2022, Cumberland Heights earned the top spot on Newsweek magazine’s America’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers list for the second time. Newsweek’s ranking highlights the nation’s leading facilities based on service quality, reputation and accreditation compared to in-state competition.

Transforming Lives with Evidence-Based Practices

As a preeminent leader in clinically excellent, evidence-based practices and recovery success stories, Cumberland Heights is also Tennessee’s first ASAM-accredited rehab facility. Our team of experienced addiction professionals will tailor a plan for your needs. If you’re ready to seek treatment, contact us to learn more about how we can help you.