Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Years of psychiatric research has proven that anxiety and substance use disorders will co-occur together at high rates. One of the most effective means of pinpointing thoughts which lead to anxiety is through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The treatment is about analyzing thoughts and then looking for ways to replace those thoughts.
CBT includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Scheme-focused Cognitive therapy. Sometime therapists will also use paradoxical interventions where the tactics would be much like playing devil’s advocate. A therapist might tell an addict to restrain from making changes.
The main focus on CBT is to focus in on the thoughts that create negative feelings. The belief in cognitive therapy is that our main problems occur from the thoughts we have. By changing the thoughts and core beliefs, there is a place for improvement in all parts of our life. This will then change emotions and how one behaves.
Through this type of therapy, addicts can identify the thoughts and behaviors that drove them to addiction in the first place. This increases the outcome of making changes through understanding. Anger management, relaxation training and assertiveness changing are some of the tools used within this therapy.
Intensive behavior modification treatment is often provided to those in an inpatient rehabilitation program. It can also be done through outpatient addiction programs too. During the initial stages of addiction recovery, these behavioral modification will be executed often. This type of therapy is not the only solution and does not stand alone in getting people through recovery.
Prior to this type of approach, other aspects of recovery would come in to play. This includes detox, talk therapy, and addiction education. Addicts need to have a scope of what situations are triggers points for relapse. Then they can work with a behavioral modification therapist to manage those situations. A plan of action will be put in place that will allow the addict to manage the hard road to recovery.