At Ocean Recovery, a comprehensive approach to treatment includes a wide variety of strategies and methods. One of the most effective therapies is CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy. Many clients can benefit from this goal-oriented approach, especially those who are also struggling with mental health issues. Dig deeper and explore the advantages of CBT for recovery.
The Objectives of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
For clients who are at Ocean Recovery, cognitive behavioral therapy has several key objectives. To start, CBT helps reduce the risk of relapse. It can also address and help resolve any lingering mental health issues. In short, CBT is designed to improve overall wellness and give clients more tools that will help throughout their lives, during and after rehab.
More specifically, CBT aims to eliminate black-or-white thinking. This all-or-nothing mindset can hinder clients on their way to recovery. CBT can also target and eliminate self-destructive behaviors. Although exterior support is key to recovery, long-term sobriety is only possible if there is internal motivation, dedication, and knowledge.
CBT as Part of a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Plan
Dual diagnosis treatment is recommended for anyone that deals with substance abuse and a mental health disorder at the same time. While a dual diagnosis treatment plan can include any number of therapies, CBT is definitely one of the most effective.
That’s because CBT doesn’t just focus on the physical or external circumstances. It digs deeper in order to address those underlying thoughts, emotions, and patterns of behavior. While it’s great that clients learn about addiction, each case of substance abuse is unique. Getting to the heart of the matter means understanding the connection between a person’s mental state and their behavior.
Identifying Triggers and Finding Solutions
In drug or alcohol addiction treatment, it is normal to hear the word triggers used often. A trigger is anything that causes a craving or a temptation to use again. For many clients, triggers include events like financial trouble, fighting with loved ones, low self-esteem or any other source of stress. Far too often, those triggers can lead to relapse.
Part of cognitive behavioral therapy is learning to pinpoint each individual client’s negative behaviors or thoughts that “trigger” wanting to use the drug of choice. This is specific, so it has to be done in a customized way. Sometimes, just the act of highlighting these behaviors makes clients more self-aware. This awareness and learning alternative thought patterns can prevent triggers from leading to relapse.
CBT can work to create healthy responses to these triggers. If a person gets lonely on the weekends and starts to feel low, substance abuse might beckon. However, that person’s custom solution might be to visit a busy gym and attend a fun fitness class, call up a family member in a different state, or attend a local group support meeting.
CBT Takes a Here and Now Approach to Recovery
Eliminating negative thought patterns is a big part of psychotherapy in a rehab environment. However, CBT aims to focus on the here and now rather than addressing too many issues from the past.
In some cases, it is beneficial for clients to address underlying issues like trauma or grief. CBT, on the other hand, asks what can be done in this moment to improve health, behaviors, and quality of life. Rather than delving into the reasons for the substance abuse, CBT wants to find immediate solutions for negative thoughts and behaviors. It doesn’t undermine a person’s feelings or how they got to this point, but it does ask for personal responsibility.
Supplementing CBT at Ocean Recovery
At Ocean Recovery, CBT is just one element in a varied treatment plan. Clients can expect an upscale environment and customized treatment that addresses individual health, needs and goals. In addition to CBT, Ocean Recovery offers an extensive list of evidence-based treatment methods and therapies. Just a sampling of client options include the following: