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CBT for Addiction Recovery: Breaking the Cycle of Substance Abuse

Addiction recovery is a complicated and lifelong process. If you or a loved one is living with a substance use disorder, there are many beneficial resources that should be utilized as part of a continuum of care. Therapy of any kind isn’t always the right first line support option for addiction recovery. Those in addiction recovery may need more intensive solutions before they are in a safe and stable place for therapy to be an effective resource. As part of a continuum of care for those with substance use disorder, therapy offers several benefits, including reducing risk of relapse and developing healthier coping strategies that diminish reliance on substance use. While therapists use a variety of approaches in working with those who are struggling with substance use disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common counseling approach to improve outcomes for those with substance use disorder. In this blog, you can learn more about the benefits of CBT for addiction recovery.

What Is CBT?

CBT is a form of talk therapy that is focused on helping individuals understand how negative thinking and damaging belief systems lead to low mood, anxiety, behavioral issues, and other concerns. By disrupting these negative thought patterns, you can boost mood and change harmful actions. The same is true of changing behaviors. By making a small adjustment in your behavior, you can improve your mood and disrupt negative thought patterns. If your mood improves, your behavior and thoughts can change. You’re probably sensing a pattern. The main benefit of CBT is in recognizing the interconnectedness of thoughts, feelings, and actions, allowing us to improve all three areas by taking just one small step. This can be very meaningful for those who are in addiction recovery.

Does CBT Really Help with Substance Abuse?

CBT is an extremely versatile therapy approach. One of the underlying goals of CBT therapy sessions is to increase an individual’s awareness of poor coping strategies and maladaptive behaviors, including substance use disorders. CBT therapy sessions also help individuals struggling with substance use disorders to develop new, healthy coping strategies. Additionally, CBT is beneficial for relapse prevention as it helps people to identify environmental triggers and negative thinking that leads to risk of relapse as well as increasing understanding of how challenging emotions and low mood impact substance use. CBT is a goal-oriented form of therapy. During CBT sessions, individuals will set goals, learn new coping skills, and work with a therapist to improve their overall sense of stability and fulfillment, reducing risk of relapse and increasing overall satisfaction.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re in addiction recovery, we know every day can present a new challenge, temptation, or stumbling block. We understand the difficulty you’re facing, and the knowledgeable therapists at The Center for CBT in New York City would be honored to be part of your network of support resources. If you’re ready to get started, simply reach out to us over the phone at (917) 596-8955 or fill out our online form.

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What Should I Do Next?

When you’re ready to begin therapy, we hope you’ll consider contacting The Center for CBT in New York City. We offer a safe space where you are free to be who you really are and express yourself and your values authentically. We embrace, value, and welcome people of all sexual orientations, genders, and racial identities. The Center for CBT in New York City makes beginning your therapy journey simple. You can get started any time by completing our online consultation request form. One of our team members will be in touch within 24 business hours to answer your questions.

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