Everyone can benefit from taking a deeper look at their thoughts and behaviors to identify problematic trends and reframe certain erroneous beliefs. Self-reflection is a factor that is especially relevant to anyone currently in treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD). Even if you are not struggling with the rehabilitation or continuing recovery process, it is essential to participate in group and one-on-one therapy. The most commonly utilized method of psychotherapy is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
Many researchers and certified therapists believe that “CBT is the gold-standard psychological treatment” for the following reasons:
CBT combines aspects of cognitive and behavioral therapies to accommodate treatment to suit each individual’s needs and circumstances. High adaptability is one of CBT’s greatest strengths. The primary idea behind CBT is the belief that our thoughts, feelings, and actions are interconnected and directly influence our mental and physical health. Research has supported this theory repeatedly.
CBT involves identifying unwanted behavioral patterns and connecting them to a root thought or belief. You will also be processing, identifying, and changing unwanted thought patterns that may be influencing behaviors or feelings. All of this is accomplished using a talk therapy approach to understanding and balancing the three cornerstones of CBT therapy: emotions, behaviors, and thoughts.
People diagnosed with the following mental health disorders will benefit the most from using CBT to treat their symptoms or underlying conditions:
You do not have to be diagnosed with a mental health condition to benefit from using CBT. There is evidence that CBT can help lower stress levels in people who do not have a mental health disorder.
CBT is not going to be useful for everyone. While it is the gold standard of treatments and the one used most for treating issues related to substance abuse, some people would get better results using therapy alternatives.
Below are a few demographics that may not see the same overwhelmingly positive results that most people do when using CBT:
The main limitation of CBT is that it relies on the will and motivation of the person undergoing the treatment. A few other restrictions and things to consider if you want to use CBT are listed below:
During CBT, you will work with your therapist to challenge preconceived notions and long-held personal beliefs to determine if they hold up under objective scrutiny. There is no overstating the importance of doing this with thoughts surrounding your substance use and what actions led to addiction. Once you understand what causes you to behave in particular ways, you can start to change your thinking patterns and embrace healthier routines. You will unlearn the following negative habits:
Your therapist may assign you homework, and they will teach you exercises that you can use in everyday situations to control and balance your emotional responses. A few practical CBT exercises include: