Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of behavioral therapy that emphasizes the interplay between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Founded in the 1960s by Dr. Aaron T. Beck, cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a number of substance addictions including marijuana addiction, alcohol addiction, nicotine addiction, cocaine addiction, and addictions to methamphetamines. Cognitive behavioral therapy has also been found effective at treating a number of mental health disorders, such as anxiety, attention deficit disorder (ADD), eating disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In a cognitive behavioral therapy program, patients and therapists work together to identify the thoughts and feelings that typically occur before and after the patient’s substance use in order to better address the problematic behavior. This information is also used to help discover and ameliorate possible cognitive distortions in a patient’s thought process, for example.
Through cognitive behavioral therapy, patients learn how to overcome the cognitive distortions and insecurities that feed their substance use and are given tools and strategies to improve their emotional state and communication abilities. As with any type of behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy can be a critical component of any substance addiction treatment.
The residential treatment program at the Asana Recovery Center offers a variety of distinct behavioral therapy options to ensure our patients are getting the comprehensive treatment they require. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be the right fit for you.