Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for substance abuse is a powerful weapon in the arsenal against addiction, hopelessness, and relapse. Our West Palm Beach detox center offers comprehensive holistic care that includes a range of mental health therapies, including CBT. We’re proud to offer evidence-based therapy that can help addicts get their lives, their relationships, and themselves back. CBT has been proven in numerous studies to help addicts regain control, peace, and excellent mental health. It makes sobriety easier to attain and stick with, even in the face of family stress, career difficulties, or health problems. Here’s how CBT can help you.
Addiction and mental health are inextricably linked. Many addicts also have an underlying mental health condition such as anxiety or depression. For some, addiction becomes a way to cope with the pain of living with mental illness. For others, mental illness is a risk factor for addiction, since some mental health medications are addictive.
Even if you don’t have a mental illness, addiction still affects your mental health. By changing your brain function, addiction can prime your brain for mental illness. Most addicts experience depression and anxiety during drug and alcohol cravings, and many find that withdrawal catapults them into intense feelings of self-loathing and depression.
Addiction also upends a person’s relationships. This can have profound effects on their mental health. Humans are, after all, social creatures. When our relationships fall apart, so too can our mental health.
This means that to treat addiction, it’s vital to treat the addict’s mental health. This includes addressing broken relationships, offering coping skills to deal with the pain of withdrawal, offering a healthy way to cope with stress, and helping an addict manage any underlying mental health issues.
Therapy helps addicts recover by empowering them to rebuild their lives and minds. In therapy, you’ll learn:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for addiction. This means that studies have found it to be highly effective. Unlike some forms of therapy, CBT is structured and directive. This approach to treatment is designed to help you identify the connections between your thoughts and feelings, your behaviors, and your addiction.
In therapy, you’ll learn to detect automatic negative thoughts that thwart your success. You’ll gain a better understanding of the circumstances that set you up for relapse and learn to correct harmful self-talk and misleading thought processes. You’ll also learn to notice your emotions, which can reduce their ability to control your behavior and your life.
In CBT, as with all other forms of therapy, you’ll talk about your feelings and daily life. Your therapist will respect your privacy and give you feedback without judgment. You can expect your therapist to be honest, but kind, and to respect your goals for your future and your desires for treatment.
CBT is different from other forms of therapy in the emphasis it places on mindfulness of your thoughts and feelings.
Your therapist will work with you to help you identify the thoughts that underlie your choices. For instance, you might believe that life is hopeless, so you might as well use drugs. By identifying these feelings, you gain more control over them. You can also replace these unhealthy negative thoughts with healthier and more realistic positive thoughts. Over time, the process of ignoring negative thoughts and responding to negative feelings with positive actions becomes automatic. This helps you manage stress, recover from addiction, and eventually, lead a healthier and happier life free of drugs and alcohol.
Research has shown that addiction is a disease of the brain and body. Like other diseases, your best chance for recovery is a comprehensive plan that addresses all of your treatment needs. CBT is one component of a healthy path to sobriety. At Future Now Detox, we also focus on your physical health, nutritional needs, and lifestyle. We understand that addiction affects every aspect of your life, so we work to equip you with the skills you need to reverse the damage and lead a healthy life free of drugs and alcohol.
CBT is an invaluable tool. It can give you the motivation you need to adopt new skills, help you understand why you struggle to remain motivated, and offer you a compassionate listener when you need to vent. With CBT, detox, and other treatment options, you’ll have the best possible shot at lasting sobriety.
It’s up to you to make the choice. But once you do, choose us. We offer comprehensive treatment for this challenging disease. We know you can do it. Let us show you that there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow. Call us today!
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