The best way to overcome addiction to drugs or alcohol is to address the root of the problem. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you identify the thoughts, emotions, and beliefs that lead to addictive behavior. Beaches Recovery offers cognitive-behavioral therapy in Florida.

CBT is an essential part of our addiction treatment program and helps you during the early stages of recovery. If you can identify your negative thoughts and feelings, then you are more equipped to manage the internal triggers that fuel your addiction. A Beaches Recovery therapist can guide you as you get one step closer to your recovery.

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

CBT is an evidence-based treatment that focuses on the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. If you constantly think negative thoughts or have intense emotions, you are more likely to develop negative or destructive behavioral patterns.

Instead of dealing with the painful past, cognitive-behavioral therapy deals with what is going on inside of you at the present moment. The goal is to recalibrate your thinking so that you replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Your therapist can help you learn skills that improve your overall quality of life, not just end your addiction.

The Elements of CBT in Addiction Treatment

CBT is an umbrella term for a wide range of professional techniques that we use to help you during therapy. All of these techniques share common characteristics such as:

Emotional Response

Behaviors are largely governed by thoughts and feelings – not by external circumstance situations. As such, we focus on the connection between your mind activity and your behaviors.

Short-Term Therapy

The purpose of CBT is to help you get to the next stage of your recovery. It is a short-term type of therapy that sets the tone for the remainder of rehab. CBT typically lasts 20 sessions or less.

Relationship Oriented

During your sessions, you will form a positive relationship with your therapist. This is important as you build trust and work together to change your way of thinking. CBT is highly interactive and requires your participation.


It is important to identify why you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Therefore, your therapist asks questions and uses strategies that help you understand why you do the things you do. The method is based on seeing things for the way they really are, instead of what we imagine them to be.

Structured Therapy

CBT is a highly structured form of therapy. Your therapist has an agenda and a focus during each session. This gives you a way to measure your progress and prepare for each session. Therapists use evidence-based methods that teach you how to overcome your addiction.

Benefits of CBT

At Beaches Recovery, we use CBT to treat a wide range of addiction and mental health disorders. There are several benefits of CBT including:

CBT provides structured professional support for addiction recovery
Through CBT, you can build self-esteem as grow beyond your addiction
We use CBT to focus on problems and work toward a solution
CBT promotes positive, realistic thinking that leads to healthy behavior
You learn proper management and coping skills to combat addiction
CBT can assist in relapse prevention

Learn More About Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy at Beaches Recovery

Are you ready to take the next step in your recovery from alcohol or drug addiction? Beaches Recovery can help. We offer cognitive-behavioral therapy and other treatments for substance abuse and mental health disorders. To find out more about your treatment options, call us at 866.605.0532. We can answer your questions, discuss your treatment, and get you started today.