Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapy approach that can help people change destructive thought patterns and behaviors that stand in the way of sobriety and a fulfilling life. Therapists trained in CBT help clients replace negative thought patterns and addictive behaviors with more positive, constructive forms of thinking and acting.
Cognitive behavioral therapy fosters self-awareness in participants and better equips them with healthy self-talk and coping mechanisms for life stressors. For example, if a hard day at work triggers old, unhealthy thought patterns and, in turn, the compulsion to drink alcohol or use drugs, clients can draw upon coping strategies they’ve developed through CBT to deal with those triggers productively. They might head to the gym, meditate, call a recovery coach or turn to other supportive activities rather than go to the bar for a drink.
To learn more about cognitive behavioral therapy and its benefits in addiction recovery, contact Clarity Way treatment center at 888-879-1289.