CBT describes a number of therapies that have a similar approach to solving problems, which can include, but are not limited to, drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, and depression. CBT works to change individual’s attitudes and behavior.
It focuses on thoughts, images, and beliefs that we have and how they are related to our behavior and coping process.
What Are the Components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy programs have two main components when used to treat alcohol and drug dependent individuals: Functional Analysis and Skills Training.
Through Functional Analysis, our patients and therapists work together to determine the thoughts, feelings, and circumstances that patients experienced before and after the patient drank or used drugs.
This identification exercise helps patients determine behaviors and risks that could lead to a relapse. This insight allows patients to understand why they might have originally turned to alcohol or drugs and why they have difficulties coping.
The goal of cognitive behavioral treatment is to get patients to learn or relearn better coping skills.
Often, individuals use drugs and alcohol as their means to cope, which is why Skills Training is so important.
Our therapists help individuals break old habits and replace them with healthier skills and habits. Changing the way individuals think about their substance abuse is a key priority of CBT.
This educational process is to learn new methods to cope with situations and circumstances that may spur drug or alcoholic episodes.