The outdated stereotype about therapy is a patient spending years on a couch, rehashing any and every childhood experience, while the therapist jots down notes and nods. Whether that image is truly reflective of therapy is debatable, but one thing’s for sure — cognitive behavioral therapy is nothing like that.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a limited-duration, results-orientated form of counseling proven highly effective for a wide variety of ailments. Including eating disorders, depression/anxiety and substance abuse. It’s focused on the here and now, not the past. Clients in CBT identify their emotional and psychological goals, and the therapist works to make those goals a reality.
At the heart of CBT, according to the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, is the idea that “our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things like people, situations and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel/act better even if the situation does not change. ”Those who suffer from drug addiction or alcoholism are quite familiar with the destructive thoughts that can lead the addict to use. For example, a rough day at work could prompt someone suffering from cocaine addiction to think getting high is the only way to cope. Cognitive behavioral therapy encourages substance abuse rehab clients to question and examine recurring thoughts, much like a scientist rigorously tests a hypothesis. Incorrect, negative thoughts are phased out.
The success rates of this treatment range from significant to downright spectacular:
- Great Britain’s Centre for Economic Performance found CBT to have a 50% success rate for all mental illness clients, with depression sufferers achieving far better results with CBT than with anti-depressant medications.
- The University of Michigan Depression Center found CBT achieved “significant improvements” in more than 75% of patients.
- A University of Connecticut School of Medicine study found “considerable evidence” that CBT can help drug rehab clients cope with life’s everyday challenges, and is also effective in relapse prevention.
CBT works, which is why we use it at American Addiction Centers. We promise to always offer the most advanced and effective substance abuse treatment techniques. Call us today at 877-417-6237.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find the best source for cognitive behavioral therapy. We also offer many affordable self pay options for obtaining cognitive behavioral therapy.