Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- A Positive Approach to Substance Abuse


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- A Positive Approach to Substance Abuse

The Benefits of Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral Therapy is a form of talk therapy that's used to help individuals suffering from mental disorders recognize and manage some of their symptoms related to their illness. This form of therapy helps people understand what their illness means.


The reason Behavioral Therapy is beneficial is because it helps those suffering with mental health problems deal with stress, unhealthy behaviors and negative thoughts and habits. Individuals who are able to receive this type of therapy learn to manage their illness better and it makes everyday life much more manageable for them and the people in their lives.

Behavioral talk therapy which is also referred to as psychotherapy is very beneficial for anyone suffering from substance abuse, depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and bipolar disorder among other mental illnesses. There are many different types of psychotherapy that are extremely useful for treating various types of mental and behavioral disorders.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also referred to as CBT. This form of therapy is a combination of behavioral therapy and cognitive therapy. We are all unique individuals and we all have our own beliefs and thoughts which helps determine how we act and feel. For various reasons many of us have formed unhealthy thinking and behaviors that have a negative effect in our lives and we don't even realize it. Cognitive therapy helps us to recognize these unhealthy ways of thinking and behaviors and how they have had a negative effect in our life.

Changing negative and unhealthy behaviors that we have adapted throughout our life isn't easy to do no matter how hard we try. Many people who abuse alcohol, drugs, tobacco, gambling, and food recognize they have a problem but no matter how hard they try, breaking old habits isn't easy. People suffering from mental disorders many times don't even recognize their negative behaviors. Their thinking and beliefs are somewhat distorted and they don't see their habits and behaviors as negative or unhealthy.

Many behaviors we all have are learned behaviors, some are positive and beneficial and others are negative and harmful to us and others. When we're young and impressionable we adopt behaviors and thoughts we see in our parents, siblings and other adults in our life. This is not to put blame on others but children begin to react to situations the same way they see or hear adults react, this is 'learned behavior'. For example, if an adult in a child's life drinks or eats during stressful or anxious situations, there is a good chance they may grow up doing the same thing and reacting the same way. As we grow older we may not even recognize it as negative behavior and if we do, we may not know why.

If a child grows up around drug use the same effects can apply. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps us to understand why we may choose unhealthy behaviors, once we recognize them and understand why; making better choices comes a little easier. Again, this isn't about blame because after all this is where they probably adapted some of their unhealthy thinking as well. Not every unhealthy thought or habit is learned from someone else, we all process things differently depending on our own unique personalities. The most important thing is to recognize unhealthy behavior for what it is and focus on finding healthy positive ways in which we relate to people and situations in our lives.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an individualized form of therapy that helps people see and understand why their unhealthy choices are made. CBT teaches them effective coping skills and teaches the individual positive ways of thinking in order to make better choices. Both forms of therapy are very beneficial for anyone going through treatment for substance abuse. Many substance abuse treatment programs utilize some form of therapy during their treatment process. Cognitive Behavioral Treatment is a positive approach to helping individuals identify their negative behaviors, make better choices, prevent relapse in their future and obtain sobriety in their lives.

Websites Used
National Institute of Mental Health

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