One’s thoughts can be a powerful influence on how that person lives their life. How a person sees the world may lead them down a path to addiction, however, these thoughts need attention. One of the best methods the clinicians at Gateway Foundation Joliet use to address these negative thought patterns is cognitive behavioral therapy.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, often abbreviated as CBT, is an evidence-based therapeutic method that focuses on how thoughts and attitudes can affect behavior. This goal-oriented approach helps clients evaluate their own thought patterns and make changes to them. It’s more collaborative than other methods. Clients and therapists work in a partnership to set goals and make progress, rather than just the therapist setting the pace.
This method also helps therapists teach clients coping strategies so that they can be more intentional about their responses to stressful situations. Often, struggles with addiction stem from an inability to deal with stress and other unpleasant emotions.
Who Does It Help?
CBT is actually very popular because it’s not specific to just one type of situation. Clinicians can mold and customize this method to suit the needs of virtually any client. Its main goal is to make people better, more thoughtful problem-solvers.
This modality is also a short-term solution, addressing issues over just a few months. Most people can commit to a few months of regular therapy. As such, this method is approachable for a wide variety of people. Upon completion, clients take coping skills with them that last a lifetime.
Benefits of CBT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy offers many benefits. For one, studies show that it prevents addiction relapse. Once people learn better ways to respond to stress and conflict, it becomes easier to avoid harmful behaviors like drug and alcohol use.
This modality is also beneficial as part of trauma counseling. Experiencing trauma often leads to struggles with addiction. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can change how people see their trauma, allowing them to process it more effectively.
CBT also helps to make people more positive in general. When dealing with addictions or mental illnesses, people often find themselves in negative thought spirals. They believe they are worthless and will never get better, and so that becomes their reality. Breaking out of these spirals is key to achieving recovery. Clients learn to focus on solutions rather than problems, which improves their outlook.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Gateway Foundation Joliet
At Gateway Foundation Joliet, cognitive behavioral therapy is a key part of every client’s treatment plan. However, that doesn’t mean that each client’s CBT sessions are exactly the same. The beauty of this method is its flexibility. Therapists can adapt CBT sessions to an individual client’s unique history and goals, allowing for more comprehensive treatment.
We utilize this method alongside a range of other treatment options, including:
- Medication-Assisted Treatment
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy