Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most widely used form of therapy in the mental health field. It focuses on changing unhealthy thought patterns, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors as well as developing personal coping strategies. It is frequently used in addiction treatment.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy plays a major part of the overall dual diagnosis treatment plan at JourneyPure Bowling Green.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy In Kentucky For Addiction Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps individuals think more positively about their future, themselves, and the world around them. Many patients experience cognitive distortions, which are inaccurate thoughts that reinforce negative thought patterns or emotions. Many common cognitive distortions include:

  • Ignoring the positives and dwelling on the negatives
  • All or nothing, black-and-white patterns of thinking, with no “gray areas” in the thought process
  • Overgeneralization, or making broad assumptions that negative situations or outcomes will continue
  • Jumping to conclusions, basing decisions on very little fact, using faulty reasoning
  • Catastrophizing, or expecting the absolute worse of any situation and minimizing the positive aspects and accomplishments
  • Personalization, or when a person believes everything they do impacts external events and people, no matter how outrageous the link between the two may be
  • Believing they are always right
  • Expecting others to change to meet their needs

Through cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, clients at JourneyPure Bowling Green learn to shift these thought patterns into more positive and productive thoughts, which in turn improve overall mood, feelings, and behavior.

How does this help the patient with a substance abuse problem? When someone is abusing drugs or alcohol, it is often an escape from deep-rooted emotional pain or trauma.

A person is more likely to avoid future relapse if the psychological reasons behind the addiction are stabilized. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy gives patients the tools to move forward in life, with the ability to cope with challenges that come their way.

What Happens During a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Session?

Sessions will vary based on the specific client’s needs and the therapist’s approach, but a typical session may include the following:

  • The therapist will ask the patient to talk about situations or conditions even beyond addiction that are troubling him or her, whether it be stress, depression, grief, anger, or something else.
  • Once problems have been identified, the patient will be instructed to share thoughts about them, how these situations or conditions make the patient feel about him or herself and others.
  • The therapist will help identify negative or inaccurate thinking about the situation, based on the patient’s physical and emotional responses.
  • Is the patient’s thought process based on fact, or is it all perception? The therapist will encourage new and helpful thinking and behavior patterns that over time will feel natural. This step can be difficult since the patient is learning to change a longstanding thought process.

JourneyPure Bowling Green Cognitive Therapy In Kentucky

At JourneyPure Bowling Green, we believe in treating the person as a whole, not just the substance. Reach out to us any time with questions you may have about addiction treatment or our cognitive behavioral therapy in Kentucky.

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