Over time, addiction specialists have understood better the ways addiction forms and how it affects people’s lives. This greater understanding has allowed them to change how they treat addiction and focus on therapies that offer people the best chance at long-term recovery. One of the most effective treatments for addiction is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). If you struggle with addiction or are interested in starting a cognitive-behavioral therapy program, learning more about this form of therapy can help you know what to expect at each stage of your treatment.
At the Northern Illinois Recovery Center, we know that addiction is treatable if you get the right care. To learn more about the cognitive-behavioral therapy program we offer, call us today at 855.786.1978 or fill out an online intake form here.
Recognizing the Need for Addiction Therapy
Many factors contribute to the development of an addiction. Most people require treatment, including therapy, to identify and address the root causes of their addiction. The first step in getting the treatment you need is to recognize that your substance abuse interferes with your ability to live the life you want. Some signs of addiction include:
- Spending a lot of time getting, using, and recovering from using drugs or drinking
- Absences from work or school
- Sleep or appetite changes
- Needing more of the substance to get the desired effect
- Financial trouble
- Mood swings
- Not able to care for yourself or handle responsibilities at home, work, or school
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you cut back or quit using the substance
Once you recognize that you live with addiction, you can get the therapy and treatment you need to address and overcome it.
What is CBT?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a form of talk therapy that helps people identify harmful thoughts and habits, and make real, lasting behavioral changes. Its primary goal is to help people connect their thoughts and emotions to their behaviors and to help them move forward in recovery. People in CBT are encouraged to realize that their behavior or emotions are not always rational and learn how to change how they react when having strong emotions.
In cognitive-behavioral therapy, people are encouraged to talk about traumatic or upsetting events in the past and practice managing their emotions as they arise. Practicing this skill in a safe, supported setting can be very helpful. People also learn to identify “automatic thoughts.” These are thoughts that come from internalized fear or a lack of self-confidence. Identifying and changing these automatic thoughts can improve people’s ability to cope with difficult situations, improve their relationships, and lead to better self-esteem.
Understanding Cognitive-Behavioral Addiction Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to help people overcome automatic thoughts that contribute to addiction. It allows people to make real, lasting changes to their behavior in a relatively short time. This makes it an ideal form of therapy to be used within an addiction treatment program. When participating in CBT, you will participate in activities that may include:
- Meeting with your therapist regularly in individual therapy
- Group therapy sessions
- Identifying behaviors you want to change
- Learning about your mental health or addiction
- Identifying and reshaping negative thoughts
Research shows that trauma and addiction are closely linked. About two-thirds of people in addiction treatment report a history of trauma. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to identify the cause of trauma and allows people to heal from it. Treating a person’s trauma and their addiction simultaneously is proven to be more effective than simply treating addiction.
Learn More About Substance Abuse Treatment at the Northern Illinois Recovery Center
If you or someone you love require substance abuse treatment, you are not alone. The staff at the Northern Illinois Recovery Center work every day to empower and support people at every stage of their journey in recovery. If you are ready for life-changing treatment, do not wait another day. Call our admissions counselors today at 855.786.1978.