Our Clinical Director Describes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a skill-oriented therapy that helps patients learn how to engage in more adaptive thinking, which in turn leads to healthier behaviors. It also helps patients understand how life experiences contribute to their view of themselves, others, and the world. These experiences keep individuals engaged in destructive patterns that can be identified.
Thinking may also be distorted due to depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric issues, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides skills for patients to recognize inaccuracies in thoughts and beliefs.
Patients learn to recognize, manage, and change thoughts that typically lead to destructive behaviors. As a therapist who specializes in addiction, I have seen the benefits due to the practical nature of the skills that are learned with this form of therapy. These skills have helped patients prevent future relapses and manage underlying psychiatric disorders that affect an individual’s ability to remain sober.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Addiction Treatment
At Inspire Malibu, we know that an important aspect of effective addiction treatment includes empowering the client to see themselves in partnership with their physician, strengthening their physical, emotional and mental health.
As the disease of addiction impacts the thought processes, Inspire Malibu utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an important aspect of effective individualized addiction treatment. CBT is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approaches
There are several approaches to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which are based on the premise that our own thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, and NOT external things, like people, events, or situations. They include:
- Rational Behavior Therapy
- Rational Living Therapy
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
- Cognitive Therapy
- Dialectic Behavior Therapy
Even if a situation remains unchanged, how we respond to that situation can change. We can choose our response and make a conscious decision to respond in ways that are in the best interest of our health and happiness.
In conjunction with CBT, Inspire Malibu uses Motivation Enhancement Therapy (MET). MET has been thoroughly researched in the field of substance misuse, most especially with young people, and has proven itself as exceptionally effective at enhancing an individual’s motivation to make positive changes in their behavior.
An effective treatment must help clients address, identify, and describe the personal meaning of their addiction. Are they self-medicating, filling up an inner emptiness, numbing out feelings related to a trauma, or all of the above?
Unless clients understand what they are actually doing on a deep level, they will chronically relapse. A responsible comprehensive treatment program takes all aspects into consideration for the ongoing health and well being of the client, and that is part of our daily routine at Inspire Malibu.
Call us Toll-Free at 1-800-444-1838 to find out more about how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treats addiction.