An Overview Of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

By Suncoast Rehabilitation Center

An Overview Of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Many rehab centers use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to facilitate the rehabilitation of the client. But what is CBT, and why is it useful?

CBT is actually a classification of a therapy type – not a specific technique. The following qualities are needed for a therapy to qualify as CBT:

• Therapy based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors – and that if we change our own thinking, we can improve our feelings and behaviors.

• It is briefer than other therapies like psychoanalysis, which can, per its own admission, take years. Cognitive behavioral therapy has a discernible ending. Our program utilizes a long-term treatment program of approximately 3-months. This gives the person time to get through the program and demonstrate real changes in actions and behavior.

• Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on helping the individual develop skills to make themselves better on their own – so they are not dependent upon their therapist. This also allows the therapy to have a discernible ending, with the person becoming self-sufficient and able to continue utilizing their new skills on their own.

• CBT doesn’t tell the person how they are thinking or feeling, like many other therapies. It allows the individual to discover this for themselves and improve themselves based on their own desire for improvement.

The way we approach CBT at Suncoast Rehabilitation is based on the idea that an individual can only improve if he or she recognizes the source of their difficulties and problems for themselves. We do not tell them what their problems are or why those are their problems. Nor do we tell them solutions they must implement. Through the course of the therapy, they are able to come to their own conclusions, see a point at which they caused changes in their own life, and work out the best solutions to resolve past, current, and recurring problems.

• Cognitive behavioral therapy is structured. There are specific techniques and a specific agenda to follow. This structure allows a person to understand that there is a beginning and an end to the therapy. In this way, they can learn and change at the speed which works for them, while the therapy aids them to come to their own conclusions about their situation.
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behavioral therapy is based on the scientifically supported idea that most behaviors are learned. With this in mind, it becomes clear that bad behaviors can be un-learned and new, positive behaviors can be learned. In this way an addict can take control of his/her own life and start not only making the right decisions for a drug-free life, but also learning positive behaviors for a drug-free life-style. These behaviors span from themselves personally, through to their family and their work/career.

At Suncoast Rehab we have a specific educational regimen which has been proven effective in helping former addicts change their behavior and improve their lives after they have withdrawn from drugs. We utilize a drug-free detoxification program, and then help patients with cognitive behavioral therapy to change their point of view about drugs, drug addiction, and allow them to realize a drug-free lifestyle.

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