Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is an extremely effective form of therapy that helps individuals strengthen their mental health and supports recovery from substance use disorders. At Sunlight Medical Services, our compassionate and experienced staff of counselors and therapists integrate several different approaches into our behavioral health programs and our substance abuse treatment programs. For individuals in need of an addiction therapy program, our cognitive-behavioral therapy program is comprehensive and customized to meet the patient’s needs, so they can heal and fully recover.
Understanding the Approach
Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on the impact negative thinking and negative self-image have on an individual’s decision-making process and actions. A form of talk therapy, CBT is less interested in personal history than in the current state an individual is in and how to pragmatically alter thought and act for the better. At its core, this approach believes faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking are the origin of an individual’s issues based on learned behaviors or unhelpful habits of thought. By identifying these behaviors and becoming aware of such negative thinking patterns, individuals can learn more positive and healthy coping mechanisms.
However, changing thinking patterns can be a challenge. This is especially true in adults who have spent a lifetime cultivating particular points of view or habits of action, which is made only more challenging when substance use disorder is involved. Thus, counselors and therapists using CBT employ numerous results-oriented techniques that involve patients actively changing their behaviors.
How Our Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program Works
As a goal-oriented therapy, our cognitive-behavioral therapy program takes a practical or hands-on approach to address the patient’s issues. Perhaps the most effective way counselors and therapists do so is by creating a structured environment in each session where specific problems the patient wants to resolve are worked on. While the issue is discussed confidentially and intimately, CBT’s focus is making a plan of action and then implementing it. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for therapists to assign homework to patients outside of sessions.
While usually a one-on-one therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy can be used in a group therapy setting or even in family therapy. Using CBT in this context usually generates numerous techniques and tactics individuals can use to effect change. Having a cohort of individuals with personal experience dealing with similar issues offers not just support but a real-time understanding of how to go about changing negative thought patterns.
Addiction Therapy Programs in Phoenix, AZ
Anyone looking for a cognitive-behavioral therapy program in the greater Phoenix metro area will find Sunlight Medical Services to be an exceptional choice. In combination with behavioral health programs to address mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), our medical professionals also offer numerous addiction treatment programs, such as:
- Dual diagnosis treatment: Often, individuals will develop a substance use disorder due to some underlying mental health issues or develop them due to their drug or alcohol abuse. When this happens, patients need to have both conditions treated simultaneously; dual diagnosis treatment is the means to do so.
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT): Individuals sometimes need support through tightly administered medications to overcome their drug withdrawal symptoms and manage their cravings. Our MAT program combines medication and therapy to help patients recover.
- Behavioral intervention for pain: For some, medication isn’t an option. However, living with chronic pain can lead to substance abuse as well as prompt mental health issues. Our method of addressing chronic pain through holistic treatment allows individuals to manage their pain without the danger of relapse due to medications.
These addiction treatment programs all involve a variety of individual and group therapy options. Working with patients, we determine the best course of action based on need and the patient’s goals and, in doing so, create a strong foundation for lasting recovery. Reach out to our admissions counselors at 855.920.1104 to learn more. We’re eager to answer any questions you may have and get you or a loved one started on the path to healing.