Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a therapy method used by the therapists at A New Start. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a method that was developed to prevent relapse when treating addiction to alcohol and was later adapted for cocaine-addicted individuals. CBT is based on the theory that in the development of maladaptive behavioral patterns, like substance abuse, learning processes play a critical role.

It is reported that Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for substance use disorders has demonstrated efficacy as both a mono therapy and as part of combination treatment strategies. Types of Cognitive-Behavioral therapy include Rational Emotive Behavior TherapyDialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can help patients suffering from addiction by teaching them how to recognize and avoid destructive behaviors. This is done by applying a range of different skills that can be used to stop drug abuse and co-occurring disorders.shutterstock_67130050_720

Currently, CBT is used to treat addiction to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and nicotine. Research states that the skills individuals learn in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy remain with them after the completion of treatment. This therapy method is often combined with medications for drug abuse as well as additional types of behavioral therapies.

At A New Start, our team of therapists utilize a range of therapies for each patient, based on their individual needs. Our team of therapists includes a range of specialized therapies which can be combined for effective treatment using co-therapy methods. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy may be combined with other therapies including psychodrama therapy and motivational interviewing.

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