Admitting you have a substance abuse problem takes guts. With the right support, it can lead you into an accredited substance abuse treatment program built on the best evidence in addiction medicine. All recovery involves counseling, but the form you might hear about the most is called cognitive-behavioral therapy. What is a cognitive-behavioral therapy program, or CBT, and how does it work to restore you on a path to sobriety?

There’s no single right answer for this since addiction itself has such a wide range of impacts on people’s lives. Just know this: The cognitive-behavioral therapy program we design will be right for you — and will be geared toward helping you find the answers you seek. To learn more, contact the experts at Amatus Recovery Centers today. 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Programa group of people participate in cognitive-behavioral therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a widespread form of psychotherapy used to address all forms of mental health challenges. A typical cognitive-behavioral therapy program is designed to help you see situations far more clearly.

 The Mayo Clinic indicates that CBT is often considered a “preferred” form of treatment because it can lead to very rapid breakthroughs. The focus of a cognitive-behavioral therapy program is on helping you spot, assess, and reframe troubling or anxiety-provoking situations or conditions in your life. These can range from everything from a death in the family to a job loss to an unfortunate medical diagnosis or divorce. 

 CBT comes into play with addiction in the same way. Some struggling from substance abuse will make links between certain thoughts and corresponding actions that follow. Understanding those links as part of a cognitive-behavioral therapy program can help lead to different and healthier choices.

Other Types of Addiction Therapy

Fortunately, a cognitive-behavioral therapy program isn’t the only route to recovery — though it’s a good one that can help you find answers. Still, the solution might take you to other forms of therapy, or even a mixture of forms. Other approaches to curbing addiction include:

  • Recreational therapy: Physical activity or outdoor activities to put yourself back in touch with the world around you.
  • Expressive therapy: Exploring your inner voice by participating in creative arts.
  • Group therapy: Sometimes there is power in numbers. Feeling that you are not alone is a powerful force in your recovery.
  • Trauma therapy: A painful event from your past can be driving your behaviors as you react and respond to the world. Getting to the bottom of this is crucial.
  • Motivational interviewing: Discussions revolve around ways you can build new skills to empower your actions in a more positive direction.

Family therapy and co-occurring disorder treatment may also be options. That’s why your treatment program revolves around that initial intake meeting. So, remember: You may start in a cognitive-behavioral therapy program, but may not end there.

Beyond Therapy

It would be easy if going through a few CBT sessions was all it took to unravel addiction. The reality is that addiction is a chronic illness that can and often does recur. Recovery is never a straight line. 

That’s why multiple forms of therapy — as well as post-therapy support, through aftercare relapse prevention, is also so important to your recovery. Amatus Recovery Center will support you from intake to detox to stabilization, through therapy and after-care and beyond.

Breaking the Cycle

Amatus Recovery Center provides individualized care for patients based on evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to treatment. Put another way, we will build a treatment plan around your unique needs. Counseling plays a central role in all treatment, and especially a holistic cognitive-behavioral therapy program. In addition to our addiction therapy programs, we offer a full suite of options at all our locations, found in four states and the District of Columbia. Don’t wait any longer to reach out. Contact us today at 833.631.0525 for a confidential consultation.