Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) was founded in the 1950s by Albert Ellis and, like cognitive behavioral therapy, it emphasizes the role of an individual’s thoughts and beliefs in perpetuating and maintaining addiction. Under Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, irrational and unrealistic beliefs are deemed the central factor in the maintenance and perpetuation of an addiction.
Specifically. Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy believes individuals suffering from substance addiction engage in a form of irrational cognition whereby the individual elevates his or her wants and preferences into an outright necessity or demand. Perfectionism is a common example of irrational cognition. Other examples of common irrational thoughts include:
- I must avoid feelings of deprivation
- I must satisfy my cravings and desires
- I must be loved and treated fairly by the people in my life
In other words, it is not a situation that causes the problematic behavior, it is the way one thinks about those situations. Rational Emotive Behavioral Treatment helps patients identify the irrationalities in their thought process so that those thoughts can be replaced with more logical and rational beliefs.
As with all behavioral therapies, for the right person, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy can be a critical component of the successful treatment of substance addiction.
The residential treatment program at the Asana Recovery Center offers a variety of different behavioral therapy options to ensure our patients get the comprehensive care they need. 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.