Addiction is rarely something that happens in isolation. Often, it’s friends and family that enable the problem behaviors, whether directly or indirectly.
Rehabilitation is an opportunity for everyone in the patient’s life to chip in and ensure that the addiction ends. That means dealing with any underlying issues that might be driving the problem behaviors as well as withdrawing any support for the addiction.
There are many benefits of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for treating addiction:
- It interrupts patterns of negative thinking that might lead to addictive behaviors. CBT therapy allows the patient to explore how they feel and why that might be leading to their addictive tendencies.
- CBT is forward-looking. That means that residents not only look back to their past to see why their addictions might have arisen but also forward to the future to see the benefits of getting rid of it.
- CBT helps people to address their self-limiting beliefs. Residents can find themselves with a long-term addiction simply because they don’t believe that they can overcome it. Again, CBT helps to tackle this kind of self-defeating thinking.
- Residents in CBT can practice what they learn in the sessions in their day-to-day lives, putting it into practice in positive ways, aiding drug addiction recovery.
If you know somebody who has an addiction or you need help yourself, then you can get treatment here at California Behavioral Health.