Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy that is very useful when working with young adults with addictions. During CBT, clients discuss their thoughts, feelings and behaviors with a mental health professional. CBT teaches clients that the way they think, affects the way they feel and act. It is helpful to clients in early recovery, because it teaches them how to effectively identify problematic and destructive behaviors that could impact their recovery negatively. In a long-term drug and alcohol treatment programs, patients have the ability to practice identifying and modifying these behaviors in a safe and supportive environment. With expertise of our trained staff, young men learn different techniques to observe behaviors and thought patterns that lead to relapse. After learning to identify relapse patterns, clients learn and develop new behaviors and thought patterns to handle these situations differently. By learning these techniques, clients have the opportunity to reduce the rate of relapse significantly.
Young men who enter drug treatment often struggle with a negative perspective on life and themselves. This thought process can and usually has made previous attempts at sobriety and treatment ineffective in the past. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in drug treatment allows individuals the opportunity to develop a new more positive solution orientated thinking pattern. By learning to create a positive mind in treatment filled with possibility of a brighter, happier, sober future; clients are setting the stage for their life outside of drug treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also helpful in helping young men in treatment learn how to handle life differently. CBT provides a problem-solving approach to restructure behavior. While no one can control other people or situations, clients learn techniques to control the way they perceive and react to a particular situation. CBT teaches clients skills to change their thinking, as well as help them to manage their reactions to stressful people and situations, which is vital in early recovery.
Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. By learning how to change our perspective and our approach to thought, our young men are learning how to solve problems and advance their lives in a way they did not think was possible.