Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a frequently used therapeutic intervention for those in substance abuse recovery. CBT helps individuals identify self-defeating thoughts, which might be partially responsible for a person’s addiction. Negative thinking is common for those who struggle with a substance use disorder and not being able to recognize these thoughts can influence the onset and progression of the disorder.
What we think affects our feelings and our behaviors and the goal of CBT is to teach alternative ways of thinking whereby regulating distressing emotions and harmful behaviors. CBT is often the preferred method of therapy in substance abuse both inpatient and outpatient.
CBT has been shown to be an effective treatment for substance abuse and can provide the following benefits:
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