Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT in Recovery
CBT is the most common form of talk therapy that helps those in recovery identify and address their self-destructive behaviors and harmful thought patterns. These harmful thought patterns and behaviors are what often lead to drug use in the first place. And, they can cause depression, anxiety, and other mental issues — which is why we see so many dual diagnoses with substance use disorder.
Principles of CBT
When we have negative emotions, we may react accordingly with negative behaviors.
When we behave in a negative way, we may begin to have negative thoughts.
When we have negative thoughts, we may begin to have negative emotions.
Breaking this cycle is crucial in avoiding relapse and continued drug use. But, breaking the cycle is easier said than done.
Different Forms of CBT
Common CBT approaches for Substance Use Disorders may include:
- Motivational Interviewing
- Contingency Management
- Relapse Prevention
- Behavioral Couples Therapy
Other forms of cognitive-behavioral therapy can also be used, as it was mentioned before that there is often co-occurring disorders alongside substance use disorder.
One analysis found that 6 out of 10 people who undergo proper cognitive behavioral therapy in drug rehabilitation programs remained sober for a year after their treatment was completed.
There are also similar rates of success with CBT for treating mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. This is why it is such a crucial piece of a successful recovery. In fact, it has even been shown to increase cognitive ability, since people with these mental illnesses often struggle with cognitive function under the stress of mental diseases.
Recover with CBT in San Diego
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Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Sanjai Thankachen
Dr. Sanjai Thankachen graduated from Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medicine in 2000. He completed his residency in psychiatry in 2008 at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in New York. Dr. Thankachen is currently working with Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists in an outpatient practice, as well as working at multiple in-patient psychiatric and medical units bringing his patients the most advanced healthcare treatment in psychiatry. Dr. Thankachen sees patients with an array of disorders, including depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, anxiety, and dementia-related problems.
Edited for Clinical Accuracy By:
Sean Leonard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sean Leonard is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his master’s degree in adult geriatric primary care nurse practitioner from Walden University and a second postmaster specialty in psychiatry mental health nurse practitioner from Rocky Mountain University. Sean has experience working in various diverse settings, including an outpatient clinic, inpatient detox and rehab, psychiatric emergency, and dual diagnosis programs. His specialty areas include substance abuse, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and OCD.
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