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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Changing how people think about certain situations is often the first step in helping them overcome their addictions. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help improve negative through patterns.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is a type of short-term therapy that addresses a person’s negative thought patterns in an effort to change his or her behavior. It can be particularly useful when it comes to helping a person overcome behavior patterns that might ultimately lead to drug or alcohol use. CBT sessions typically last less than one hour and focus on ideas that patients can use in real-life situations to help them cope.

Who Can Benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

A number of behavior disorders and the addictions that result from them originate with negative thought patterns. Making matters worse is the fact that negative thought patterns are often established during childhood, and may, therefore, be particularly difficult to break. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help anyone with negative thought patterns learn how to react more positively, thereby avoiding a great deal of unwanted stress. For many, it can also provide them with the confidence they need to successfully undergo drug or alcohol addiction treatment.

How Does CBT Differ from Other Therapies?

CBT emphasizes the importance of positive thinking and seeks to change a person’s behavior from within by modifying how he or she thinks about certain situations. It focuses primarily on the present and does not normally bring up events that may have happened in the past. Cognitive behavioral therapy is very flexible, allowing therapists to easily adapt it to meet the needs of their individual patients.

What Can a Person Accomplish Through CBT?

The benefits of CBT are apparent almost immediately, as the principles learned can be applied as soon as a situation warrants. Through continued therapy, individuals may also learn what triggers negative thoughts so that they can better adapt to their circumstances in the future. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to make a lifelong impact on a person so that he or she is no longer plagued by negative thought patterns.

How North Coast Recovery Can Help

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