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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is designed to change patterns of thinking or behaviors by focusing on the images, attitudes, images, and thoughts that a person endures. By educating…

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has proven to be successful de-addiction approach to treating drug addiction and dependence. Learn more about CBT by reading these articles.

Cognitive-behavioral therapies focus on modifying patient behavior and expectations associated with the use of drugs. It also makes them capable of dealing with life stressors. The trick is to find the right balance between patient needs and treatment method.

What to Expect from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy involves learning new skills that can be used now and in the future to change one’s behavior, reduce stress and improve overall well-being. The treatment takes different approaches, depending on the setting and the therapist. The therapist functions as a teacher to provide education relative to the patient’s symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. He also functions as a partner to the patient, assisting him on planned interventions to achieve his goals.

A typical therapy session takes 45 to 60 minutes and features discussions on previous negative behaviors, irrational thoughts and stress. From there, the therapists will challenge the patient regarding the negative thoughts and suggest coping mechanisms. These may include relaxation, assertiveness training, self-monitoring and cognitive restructuring.