CBT for addiction treatment?

by Mary Ellen

Is a counseling program like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helpful in recovery for drinking and drugs?

Thank you, Mary Ellen

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CBT does work well to treat drug and/or alcohol addiction
by: Debbie Wicker

I work with patients who are drug/alcohol addicted and I have seen Cognitive Behavioral Therapy work well. Often addiction and depression co-occur and using CBT a patient can learn to retrain their thinking from negative self-destructive thoughts to more positive rational thinking about themselves. This can help lessen their depression and allow them to gain the will power needed to stop using harmful drugs/alcohol.

I also have had patients that CBT was not as helpful, probably because their issues with addiction were based more on emotional and spiritual issues and not as much on cognitive problems.

There is no one-size-fits-all for addiction treatment. Everyone struggling with addiction and trying to recover needs to try different approaches and therapies until they find the right combination to get the help they need to sustain their recovery. We are all VERY complex beings that will find our way back from addiction on our own terms.

Hope that helps,

Debbie


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