What makes a person want to engage in drinking or drug use when they know the negative consequences of doing so? It’s often a progression of negative thoughts that leads a person down this path. With cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), one of the therapy options available, it’s possible to gain awareness and turn around those negative thoughts before they lead to bad decisions. At Paramount Recovery Centers, this is one of the addiction therapy programs often used to provide significant improvement to long-term outcomes.

How Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Works

woman silhouette representing cognitive behavioral therapy CBT is one of the most commonly used forms of addiction therapy. This psychological treatment has been shown helpful in treatment for a variety of conditions, including addiction, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. It can help improve function and the quality of life for many people. The key is understanding how and why it works. 

There are three key principles CBT is based on:

  • At least in part, psychological problems are based on unhelpful, faulty, or otherwise flawed thinking. 
  • Most often, these problems stem from learned patterns of that type of unhelpful behavior. 
  • These problems can improve when people learn more effective coping methods, reducing symptoms and improving a person’s quality of life in return. 

To work, a person needs to move through several steps to change their thinking patterns. This is done through strategies such as these:

  • Understanding and recognizing distortions and inaccuracies in a person’s thinking and that these often create problems. 
  • Learning to reevaluate those thoughts and beliefs in a new light by focusing on what is really happening.
  • Better understanding the motivation or behaviors of other people.
  • Creating different outcomes through the use of problem-solving strategies. 
  • Building stronger self-confidence through awareness and a focus on a person’s abilities.

Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Addiction Treatment

For those battling addiction, the use of CBT is very common. It can help to change a person’s ways of thinking. For example, a person may believe something negative about themselves that isn’t accurate or display a poor reaction to a stressful situation. In term, their negative thoughts lead to their use of drugs or alcohol. Within this type of program, the goal is to turn this around, eliminating the risk of substance use by correcting the inaccurate thinking patterns causing it to occur.

CBT can be a very important step in learning how to manage stress in daily life in recovery. There is no way to remove all stress from a person’s life. However, with CBT, a person can learn how to better manage that stress to avoid the negative outset of poor behaviors. Having coping methods to deal with stress may reduce the risk of relapse in some people.

How Our Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program in Massachusetts Can Help

At Paramount Recovery Centers, we offer a range of therapies to teach people how to live a full life in addiction recovery. It is through these comprehensive resources and treatment options that individuals can build a strong, healthy future that does not rely on drugs or alcohol. CBT is one of the numerous programs we offer to help you stop using drugs and alcohol. Some of the others include:

  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Mindfulness stress reduction
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Motivational interviewing therapy
  • Family therapy programs 

In our luxury, secluded treatment center, you’ll find a range of resources to support your full healing and recovery from substance abuse disorder. 

Invest in Your Health – Contact Paramount Recovery Centers Today

Comprehensive addiction recovery services are well worth the investment. At Paramount Recovery Centers, we offer numerous therapy options, including cognitive-behavioral therapy. If you’re ready to find a way forward to overcome addiction, let our clinicians help you. Reach out to us now online