Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a crucial part of the addiction treatment process at The Hills Treatment Center. We want to give you the best chances of recovering from addiction, so we use methods that work. There are many facilities that only use philosophies without any type of scientific backing. Cognitive behavioral therapy is evidence-based, which is a vital component of treatment.
Professionals haven’t always viewed addiction as a type of serious illness, but instead, as a moral failing. As more and more people developed addictions, scientists began searching for answers. Because of breakthroughs in technology and people’s passion for discovering more, we now know the truth. Addiction is a disease that affects the brain.
Due to these findings, addiction treatment professionals have discovered a variety of different methods to help people recover. Evidence-based treatment means that we have legitimate proof and statistics that specific treatments work. CBT is one of the primary forms of evidence-based treatment, and we offer it at The Hills Treatment Center. Through our program, you’ll learn to change ways of thinking and different behaviors in your life.
How Does CBT Work?
This form of treatment is a way of healing the parts of the brain that are specifically involved with addiction. Addiction hijacks the brain’s ability to make logical decisions when it comes to drugs or alcohol. Through constant repetition, behaviors become compulsive and difficult to change. CBT provides you with some of the following tools for your recovery:
- Communication and problem-solving skills training
- Contingency contracting
- Substance-refusal skills
A major part of this component of treatment is learning how to identify toxic behaviors and replace them with new ones. In order to do this, it’s important to dig deep to understand causes and effects in your personal experience. The beginning of this treatment involves noting what your primary triggers are so you can work on new behaviors. CBT also places a heavy focus on the cognitive process as well as beliefs that are holding you back.
Self-Monitoring in CBT
Self-monitoring is an important part of the process. It’s all about noticing what’s happening in the moment. When you’re in active addiction, you’re on auto-pilot and have little to no awareness of what’s happening. Relapse often begins days, weeks or months before picking up a drink or hunting down drugs, so awareness is important. When you begin to practice self-monitoring or mindfulness regularly, you can catch the problem before it escalates.
Communication and Substance Refusal Skills
One of your biggest triggers may involve the people who are closest to you like friends, family or coworkers. Bringing awareness to how you communicate with others will help you begin to live a better life. Part of this process of communication is learning to accept the fact that you can’t control what others say. However, what you do have control of is how you communicate with others, which will help to avoid escalating situations.
Some of the most difficult communication people experience in early recovery is with others who drink or use. Many people don’t understand how serious addiction is and may offer you substances after treatment. We’re here to teach you how to navigate through these situations without causing collateral damage in the process. Additionally, we offer family therapy to help everyone learn to communicate better.
To learn more about CBT or co-occurring disorders, give us a call us today at 866-323-4665.