Beaches Recovery provides a comprehensive approach to overcoming chemical dependency, alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Many clients come to Beaches Recovery with mental health concerns in addition to their chemical dependency.

As part of their myriad of addiction therapy services, Beaches Recovery has therapists specially trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT to improve emotional stability, decrease depressive and anxious symptoms and improve one’s outlook on life.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on one’s thoughts or cognitions, belief systems and expectations in order to empower change and help clients better learn to cope with feelings. CBT says that when an action or event occurs, we interpret it based on our thoughts, beliefs or expectations of that event. Our interpretation of that event leads to an emotional response. The resulting emotional response can determine our behavior. Thus we can work to identify and challenge deeply embedded and damaging irrational beliefs, which can greatly influence our emotional stability.

CBT Identifies Negative Thoughts and Frames Them Differently

A key element of cognitive behavioral therapy, and one of its biggest advantages during addiction treatment programs, is the idea of reframing negative thoughts and emotions. Depression, negativity and anxiety can present themselves during rehabilitation, and they may have also been a factor in initial substance abuse.

Through CBT, clients are encouraged to be vocal about their negative thoughts or feelings about themselves. They are taught to gain insight into their irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions. Then, therapists can work to help clients challenge their distorted and irrational beliefs and replace them with more rational and fact based thoughts. This process helps clients change how they react to people, places, and situations and helps them understand their emotional responses better.

CBT is Future and Goal Oriented

Through cognitive behavioral therapy, clients are encouraged to look forward and focus on how they picture their lives in the future. Rather than being negative about their prospects, however, CBT helps clients think ahead in a positive way

CBT Offers Coping Techniques and Strategies for Recovery

Arguably one of the most beneficial things that cognitive behavioral therapy accomplishes is coming up with specific coping strategies. By understanding what causes stress and negativity, client and therapist can also work together to create plans of positive behavior when temptations or stress arise in the future.

Beaches Recovery utilizes treatment methods like cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients beat addiction for good. Call 866.605.0532 to learn more about rehabilitation programs in Jacksonville, Florida, that can help you achieve the lasting sobriety you deserve.