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Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Combat Addiction

Substance abuse disorders come in many forms, and some people may respond better to some treatments than others. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one potentially effective treatment option for those struggling with substance abuse. The team at Northwest Recovery Centers, LLC is here to help decide if this approach is best for you and whether it should be combined with other strategies. Our South King County team understands the difficulties associated with recovery, and we’re here to stay by your side through those hardships. Learn more about how cognitive therapy could benefit you.

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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective solution for numerous problems, including depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse. This type of therapy is built on three core principles that, in short, say that those struggling with psychological problems can learn better ways of coping that reduce their symptoms in the long run. CBT encompasses a wide range of treatments, and no case is exactly the same. Depending on your circumstances, CBT might involve facing fears, learning problem-solving skills, and developing increased self-confidence.

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Strategies We Use

At Northwest Recovery Centers, LLC, we take a patient-focused approach to CBT. That means your treatment will be uniquely tailored to you, as your journey toward recovery will be quite different from that of other patients. Our therapy program is in part based on the book “Thinking for Good.” While this text is often used in corrections, its principles can be applied to substance abuse disorders. We also use a workbook entitled “Discovering Life and Liberty in the Pursuit of Happiness,” which focuses on goal setting, improving relationships, and making positive life changes. Below, you’ll find some specifics on this CBT program:

  • 10 modules to be completed before group sessions
  • 12 group sessions
  • Homework to be shared with in the group
  • Open-ended discussions that allow clients to join at any time

How Therapy Can Benefit You

While CBT is not for everyone, it’s been incredibly beneficial to numerous patients at our recovery center. This type of treatment can help you create a support network of healthcare professionals, as well as individuals who are going through similar hardships. CBT can also help you develop positive thinking strategies and raise your self-esteem. But the benefits of CBT don’t stop there. Those who commit to these therapeutic strategies may develop better coping skills, improve their communication, and even reduce their chances of a relapse.

Contact Your Team Today

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our professionals. We’re here to provide support during your recovery.