Cognitive Behavioral Therapy In Arizona
Change Your Thinking at Decision Point Center
One of the many effective addiction treatments that we use at our Arizona rehab center is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, which relates to the idea that healthy thinking leads to healthy behavior. This process is based on the theory that specific behaviors are caused by internal thoughts and feelings, rather than other people or external events. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works to systematically improve the way clients feel, think, and act – even when negative influences are present.
At Decision Point Center, we consistently see negative, self-limiting beliefs causing those struggling with substance use disorders like drug or alcohol addiction to become “stuck.” Fortunately, we can also help our clients overcome these false perceptions and beat substance use disorder once and for all.
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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
According to the American Psychological Association (APA):
“Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness.”
We have also seen success when using CBT to treat phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bipolar disorders.
Because it is an effective treatment for so many concerns, CBT is especially useful when dealing with dual diagnoses.
How Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help?
CBT can help you address a variety of emotional challenges and negative thoughts. With the right treatment, you can:
- Learn how to cope with stressful life situations
- Better manage your emotions
- Resolve conflicts and improve your relationships
- Communicate effectively
- Deal with grief or loss
- Overcome emotional trauma related to abuse or violence
When it comes to drug use, specifically, our trusted treatment team can use CBT to interrupt negative thoughts, such as:
- “I am worthless”
- “I can’t do anything right”
- “I’ll never be good enough”
- “I might as well just use”
Interrupting these negative thinking patterns can help you break the cycle of addiction. Nevertheless, CBT is just one aspect of our comprehensive addiction treatment programs.
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Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works
CBT is backed by researched and based on proven psychological principles. Instead of blaming the victim for psychological problems, CBT recognizes that these problems are based partly on:
- “Faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking”
- “Learned patterns of unhelpful behavior”
Additionally, CBT recognizes that people with psychological problems are capable of growth and change. By revising thought patterns, CBT teaches people with psychological problems how to cope with them, alleviate their symptoms, and become more effective in daily life.
How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works
To complete CBT, you and your therapists will take several important steps, together.
These steps include:
- Identifying troubling situations or conditions in your life
- Sharing your thoughts and feelings about these situations or conditions
- Recognizing negative or inaccurate thoughts and feelings
- Reshaping these negative or inaccurate thinking patterns
Some of the most common triggers for negative thinking include medical conditions and mental health disorders. Shaping the way you think about substance use disorder, for example, can help you overcome this kind of problem.
No matter what you’re facing, you and your therapist will identify the problem and observe your thoughts about the problem. You can do this by sharing your “self-talk” with your therapist or keeping a journal of your thoughts. Once your therapist understands your patterns of thinking, they will help you recognize and correct the ones that are harming you.
For instance, you may learn how to assess a situation in terms of facts instead of negative feelings and how to put aside unproductive ways of thinking.
This can be difficult, but our compassionate team will guide you through.
Explore CBT at Decision Point Center
Aside from working with your therapist, the most important part of CBT is teaching yourself to become your own therapist. When you work with our professionals, you will work to understand your problems and develop a “you-based” treatment plan you can use every single time you are presented with a challenge.
Practice makes perfect with this kind of therapy, so you will have plenty of opportunities to exercise the skills you learn during therapy sessions in other activities. Decision Point Center believes in holistic care, which means you will have plenty of chances to change your problematic thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
While some of our other therapies help you explore your past, CBT is all about giving you the tools you need to build a positive future.
Get in touch with Decision Point Center to learn more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and all the other ways we can help you beat addiction in Arizona. Call us at (844) 292-5010 or contact us online today.