Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the process of identifying negative, irrational thought patterns which in turn influence a person’s behavior. Unhealthy thought patterns always play a role in the development of an addiction whether it’s drugs, or alcohol. By breaking the cycle of negative thinking, therapists can help addicts learn new behaviors to replace those that led to and perpetuated their addiction.
Addicts often suffer from negative thought patterns that contribute to and reinforce feelings of helplessness. In order to cope with these distressful, bleak feelings they often turn to drugs or alcohol. Positive thinking can help change this pattern so they no longer feel so overwhelmed by everyday circumstances. Individuals who are confident, can handle certain situations and are much less likely to engage in destructive behaviors in order to cope.