Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Substance Abuse Treatment

Research has established a significant correlation between low self-esteem and substance use disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT at Avatar detox center is used both as a monotherapy and a holistic treatment program for substance use disorders. It helps in manifesting long-lasting positive results.

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of psychotherapy, combines two therapeutic approaches, cognitive therapy, and behavioral therapy. Cognitive therapy focuses on understanding and changing the present dysfunctional behaviors and thoughts rather than past experiences. Behavioral therapy seeks to treat mental disorders by identifying and changing self-deprecating and damaging behaviors.

At Avatar, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is designed to help patients cope with various mental health disorders, including depression, suicidal thoughts, and substance use disorders. It focuses on assisting the patient in eliminating negative, self-sabotaging, and destructive thought patterns and better cope with future situations. CBT is utilized combined with standard treatment at Avatar’s Rehab Center to change behaviors and perceptions about substance use, which gives clients an increased chance of responding to others in an effective manner which strengthens their recovery.

Research suggests that CBT offers long-term results and reduces the chances of relapse significantly.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, a problem-oriented therapy, helps people identify, understand and change dysfunctional behaviors related to their problems. It is an evidence-based approach that is most effective for addiction recovery from alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Simultaneously, poly-substance abuse (or dependence on multiple drugs) is not as effective as some other therapy forms might be.

In this type of therapy, while the past is considered, utmost importance is placed on identifying and modifying present dysfunctional patterns, behaviors, emotions, and thoughts that harm the patient’s well-being.

At Avatar, this highly structured Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps identify the triggers for addiction, manage cravings and address problematic thoughts. During our CBT sessions, patients grow through learning relaxation techniques, social and communication techniques and are active participants at each stage.

There is nothing more important than the client-therapist relationship during Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Avatar. A positive relationship between the therapists and the patients is essential to replacing dysfunctional thoughts with positive ones to improve their well-being. The patient and the therapist will develop strategies and a plan to help the patient modify damaging behaviors triggering or driving substance abuse.

Features of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Process:

1. Participative Therapy: In this type of psychotherapy, the patient is as involved as the therapist in their recovery. For instance, the patient also researches more about their addiction, maintains a log of their appointments, and completes CBT assignments related to each session and their learnings.

2. Patient-Therapist Relationship: At Avatar, the initial CBT sessions are utilized to build a healthy patient-therapist relationship and assess whether the therapist is a good fit for the patient’s requirements.

3. Regular Review/ Mood Check: The patient’s mood, physical condition/health, and emotions are discussed in all sessions to find self-sabotaging patterns in behavior and thought processes, assess improvements, and check the patient’s progress. Avatar places great emphasis on “mood check” as it is an essential part of CBT. It gives material for each session. Patients and therapists also jointly assess and review previous assignments and progress.

4. “Talk” Therapy: CBT is a type of “talk” therapy that generally involves talking about the patient’s most pressing issues, which may be causing the client to abuse substances. These issues could also relate to psychological disorders such as depression or even eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia. At Avatar, we provide CBT counseling to encourage the patient to begin talking about their feelings and disturbing thoughts to learn proper coping mechanisms.

5. Measured CBT Treatment: At Avatar, our expert therapists keep a detailed account of the patient’s treatment trajectory, progress, issues, and activities, enabling them to create and execute individualized treatment programs. The progress of the patient is measured in each session by the therapist.

6. Activity-based Therapy: Being a participative therapy, CBT involves activities that encourage physical activity, self-esteem, pleasant emotions, and positive thoughts in patients. Research shows that this helps in reducing troubling thoughts and improves mood in these individuals.

7. Short-Term Treatment Plan: At Avatar, CBT is a short-term treatment, typically ranging between 10 to 20 sessions. The extent of treatment depends on the gravity of symptoms, type of disorder, stress levels, and whether progress has been made.

Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The goals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy include aiding patients to:

  • Handle emotions in a healthier fashion
  • Improve personal relationships
  • Strengthen communication skills
  • Reduce symptoms of mental illnesses
  • Prevent relapses
  • Help heal trauma
  • Reduce stress by developing coping mechanisms

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques at Avatar detox center are used to treat substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and trauma while reinforcing positive behavior. We use various methods such as Cognitive Behavioral family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy worksheets, group therapy, and more.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program at Avatar

At Avatar Alcohol and Drugs Recovery Center, an established center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in NJ, we offer treatment options designed to promote positive changes in behavior, thought, and emotional patterns. We bring together neuroscience and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to give you a scientific and practical treatment plan. At Avatar detox center NJ, we believe in holistic healing, and our treatment approach of combining specialty therapies such as CBT and standard treatments reflects that. CBT at Avatar rehab center ensures long-term recovery from substance use disorders, a positive self-image, and more hopeful and healthier life. We place great importance on the patient-therapist relationship, which is why we have the most dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced psychiatrists and psychotherapists in the field on our team. Avatar Alcohol and Drugs Recovery Center and detox center in NJ are HIPAA compliant, meaning all the information you share with us, whether it is information in our records or the fact that you have come to see us, can not be shared with others.

Take the First Step to a Positive Life

Avatar Alcohol & Drugs Recovery Center offers a highly structured Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program that helps identify the triggers for addiction, manage cravings and address problematic thoughts. During our CBT sessions, patients grow through learning relaxation techniques, social and communication techniques and are active participants at each stage. Contact us today to find out more about our programs and take the first step towards a purposeful and healthy life.