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cognitive behavioral therapyCognitive-behavioral therapy, which is often referred to as CBT, is a type of talk therapy that helps those in recovery identifying negative patterns of thought and develop the skills they need to reframe what they’re feeling. This is a widely used tool in addiction treatment. Those in recovery can learn more about themselves and how they react to different circumstances in guided sessions with a therapist.

At Awakenings Recovery Center, we offer cognitive behavioral therapy as one of our evidence-based addiction treatment therapies. Every individual in our care receives a personalized treatment plan, and for many, CBT is a valuable tool for recovery.

Learn more about our treatment programs and therapeutic approaches to addiction recovery by contacting our treatment center at 833.297.4343 today.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Evidence-Based Treatment for Addiction

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a common and well-known tool used in addiction treatment. In the cycle of addiction, your brain’s reward circuits stop working properly as you continue using unhealthy coping methods like drugs or alcohol to deal with life’s stressors. The focus of CBT is to relearn healthy coping skills to build a healthy reward system in the brain. This is a necessary tool to help teach you how to cope with the stresses of life.

CBT sessions focus on active goals and strategies and are designed around your specific needs. We focus on providing structure and emphasizing direct plans of action. The therapy is collaborative in nature, meaning our staff is there to work with you on your goals.

CBT is educational, focused on learning effective, healthy, and safe ways to identify and deal with stress and other triggers you may deal with in life. During your time at Awakenings Recovery Center, these addiction therapies will help you get used to dealing with stress in a positive manner, without resorting to unhealthy habits.

What to Expect in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Sessions

These therapy sessions will take place one-on-one with an experienced therapist, typically once or twice a week. CBT is also supplemented with group therapy, holistic therapy, 12-step meetings, and other therapeutic approaches. In these sessions, you can expect some or all of the following:

  • Learning about your addiction or mental health condition
  • Discussing techniques such as relaxation, coping, resilience, stress management, and assertiveness
  • Talking through your thoughts and feelings and what’s troubling you
  • Activities and practices that help you recognize patterns of thinking and behavior
  • Identifying negative or inaccurate thinking
  • Reshaping your patterns of thought and behavior

Practicing these techniques and knowing how to identify negative thoughts outside of your therapy sessions will help you make lasting changes.

Addiction recovery is challenging because of how the brain changes in response to long-term substance abuse. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one way to heal from these changes. If you’re ready to overcome addiction and discover a life free from substance abuse, reach out to our team today. At Awakenings, our clients find a peaceful, supportive environment where they can begin to heal.

Contact Awakenings Recovery Center for Personalized Addiction Treatment

Our treatment center, located in Hagerstown, MD, offers residential treatment that is designed to help our clients maintain sobriety long-term. Whether you’ve gone through treatment before or have decided to enter a recovery center for the first time, our team will meet you where you are. We offer a wide range of treatment programs, including:

Reach out to Awakenings Recovery Center at 833.297.4343 to learn more about program specifics and our admissions process or to verify your insurance. We’re ready to help you take back your life.