Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), developed by psychiatrist Aaron Beck in the 1960s, is based on changing negative core beliefs and thought patterns into positive ones. More than 1,000 outcome studies have been performed on the use of CBT as a primary and adjuvant therapy for psychiatric disorders and substance abuse. A cognitive behavioral therapy program tends to be the main component of treatment for clients because of its effectiveness. By combining this option with other addiction therapy programs, clients receive the help they need to get back on track.
CBT is a time-sensitive, structured, present-oriented psychotherapy based on the cognitive model. Emotional and mental problems can cause normal information-processing abilities to break down due to a consistently negative bias introduced into thinking, thereby perpetuating an ongoing cycle of negativity. The therapeutic approach used in CBT helps people learn to look at things from a fresh perspective and incorporate newly learned behaviors into daily living.
How CBT Helps
CBT helps people learn to identify, challenge and transform distorted beliefs and negative, irrational thoughts into ones that are empowering, realistic and positive. It also teaches people healthy coping skills, replacing maladaptive behaviors like substance abuse. When people change the way they perceive themselves, this changes the way they react to and view the world around them. As a result, depression, anxiety, and even physical pain no longer rule their lives.
Benefits of CBT
CBT helps clients identify negative thoughts and emotions, assess past responses and develop and evaluate more productive and positive solutions to use moving forward. A cognitive approach enables people to change the way they think, feel and react, even when challenging life situations or triggers still exist.
- Improved relationships
- Addiction relapse prevention
- Decreased anger, anxiety and depression
- Coping mechanisms for grief and loss
- Enhanced management of chronic pain
- Improved methods for overcoming trauma
- Resolved sleep disorders
When you pair a cognitive behavioral therapy program with other services and modalities, you create a treatment plan that not only helps clients recover, but to heal as well.
Begin a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program at The Summit Prairie Recovery Center Today
The Summit Prairie Recovery Center works to provide effective and efficient mental health treatment to those in need. Our addiction and mental health treatment programs offer structured support to our clients to put them on the path to success once they leave treatment. We take the time to speak with our clients to determine the needs of every individual that comes to us for help.
Some of the other therapy options we offer include the following: