Drug and alcohol addiction a tragic disease with far-reaching effects, and what’s more, it is connected with long-held systems of thought, habits, and relationships. For many patients, serious changes must occur in their thinking and behavior patterns before they can find true freedom from drug and alcohol addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely used therapeutic approach that focuses on practical results, achieved through cognitive restructuring and behavior modification. In large, nationwide studies, Cognitive behavioral therapy has been proven more effective for treating substance abuse disorders than the other leading therapies. Cognitive behavioral therapy has a two-fold focus on correcting flawed patterns of thinking that lead to undesirable behavior and in unlearning bad habits and behaviors and replacing them with healthier behavior. Patients and counselors share the load for treatment under this model, making the patient largely responsible for the success of his/her own treatment.
This therapeutic approach is instituted through our Recovery Dynamics curriculum. Counselors work with patients to assign and complete specific assignments, some of which are accomplished during individual study time, some during group therapy, and some during individual counseling. Cognitive restructuring happens as assumptions, generalizations, false narratives, and other patterns of self-destructive thinking are challenged. Other assignments give patients the opportunity to practice new patterns of behavior that are essential for long-lasting recovery from their addiction to drugs and alcohol.