Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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Whether you’ve been battling a drug problem for years or you’ve developed a drinking problem in the last few months, our team at Golden Peak Recovery believes that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective methods available for addressing the underlying causes of your addiction.

Research shows that most people who enter rehab have a co-occurring mental health disorder, but more than half of them do not receive proper psychotherapy. While treatment for your substance abuse is fundamental, we know that it’s not enough to prevent relapse if you continue to struggle with depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders.

Even without realizing it, most people with an addiction have overwhelmingly negative thoughts about themselves and the world around them. But it’s often those negative thoughts that result in self-destructive behavior such as abusing drugs and alcohol. Rooted in guilt over your choices, the cycle of addiction continues with your inability to stop using.

Change your thoughts – and your behavior – with CBT

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We use cognitive behavioral therapy to address how you think about your addiction through the process of self-discovery. We help build your confidence and teach you healthy coping techniques. When you’re faced with triggers that make you want to use again, CBT skills help you slow down, rethink and make a better choice for yourself. Techniques such as emotional awareness and breathing exercises become vital tools when you face relapse triggers.

A guiding principle of cognitive behavioral therapy is that if you are willing to change your thoughts, then you can change your behavior and your life. When you learn how to step back and analyze your feelings without identifying with them, it becomes easier to see how your thoughts and emotions are influencing your actions.

As you begin to understand the motive behind your actions, changing them becomes much easier. Too often, people try to force themselves to change without truly understanding why they need to in the first place. Through cognitive behavioral therapy at Golden Peak Recovery, you can learn how to change the automatic responses that lead to addiction urges.

More benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy

CBT teaches you how to interact with your thoughts without engaging in negative thinking. Discovering your true self beyond the insecurities and false beliefs you’ve lived with is one of the most liberating benefits of CBT.

You will also experience a greater sense of control in your life. The self-help skills you learn in therapy will stick with you long after you’ve completed your treatment program. Through CBT, you are no longer a slave to your emotions. Instead, you become capable of acting based on your better judgment and not your emotions.

At Golden Peak Recovery, we believe that learning life skills and having the right resources is what makes the difference between recovery and relapse. Combining addiction treatment with CBT and other therapies greatly increases your chance of preventing relapse.

Addiction makes you lose touch with yourself, but we know that what you’ve done is not necessarily who you are. By undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy, we can help you reclaim your future step-by-step.