Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques at Avatar Residential 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 at Residential Detox Center
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

At Avatar Residential Detox 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. We believe in holistic healing, and our treatment approach to combining CBT alongside specialty therapies reflects that.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Substance Abuse Treatment

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a therapeutic approach often used to treat substance use disorders. Our Avatar Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program is used to help individuals identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors that play a role in their substance use. By utilizing this technique, individuals who struggle with substance abuse and addiction can learn more effective ways to manage negative moods, urges, and cravings to manifest long-lasting positive results.

Mind, Body and Spirit

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 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.

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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.

Our Key Features

CBT Process

Participative Therapy

In this type of psychotherapy, the patient is as involved as the therapist in their recovery. The client also researches their addiction, maintains a log of their appointments, and completes CBT assignments.

Patient-Therapist Relationship

At Avatar, the initial CBT sessions are utilized to build a healthy patient-therapist relationship and assess whether the therapist fits the patient’s requirements.

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.

"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 like bulimia or anorexia.

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.

Activity-based Therapy

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.

Short-Term Treatment Plan

At Avatar, our cognitive behavioral therapy in NJ is a short-term treatment, typically 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.

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Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

At Avatar, our Cognitive Behavioral Therapy process 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. Research suggests that CBT offers long-term results and reduces the chances of relapse significantly.


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
  • Reduce stress by developing coping mechanisms
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Take the First Step to a Positive Life

Our highly structured Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program 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.

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