Based upon the idea that behaviors can be learned and unlearned, cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a form of psychotherapy used to change addictive patterns of thinking. While it’s most widely known for its use in the treatment of cocaine abuse, it has also been used to treat alcohol abuse and other forms of drug addiction, especially as part of an overall recovery program, according to The National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Indeed, cognitive behavioral therapy has many benefits when it’s incorporated into addiction treatment. The CBT groups at 10 Acre Ranch help clients get “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns by using healthy strategies. You’ll learn how to:
- Explore the positive and negative consequences of continued drug use
- Identify situations that might put you at risk for use
- Improve your self-image
- Develop more positive thought patterns
- Resist peer pressure
- Gain a support network
3 Types of CBT Practices
There are many tools and techniques used in CBT, many of which can be used in everyday life after rehab. These include:
- Journaling: This technique is used to identify thought patterns and emotional tendencies, describe them, and find out how to change, adapt, or cope with them.
- Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR): This technique instructs you to relax one muscle group at a time until your whole body is in a state of relaxation.
- Relaxed breathing: This technique teaches you how to bring regularity to your breath, whether through guided and unguided imagery, audio recordings, videos, or scripts.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at 10 Acre Ranch
CBT is a very popular treatment approach for both substance use disorder and mental illness. Let us help you or someone you love change those negative and unproductive thoughts and behaviors that can lead to addictive tendencies. To learn more about CBT at 10 Acre Ranch, call today: 877-228-4679.