Substance abuse is often caused by deep-rooted issues such as emotional trauma and unaddressed mental health disorders. Physical or verbal abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence are just a few of the life experiences that can cause emotional disorders – such as depression and anxiety – that you may attempt to relieve through self-medication.
At Discovery Point Retreat, we use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you confront these underlying issues and build new, more beneficial coping methods. Under the direction of our accredited mental health therapists, CBT focuses on a core belief that actions begin as thoughts, and thus the key to changing behavior starts in the mind.
Because substance abuse is often an attempt to cope through self-medication, it’s vital that you address these underlying issues that cause addiction. The prospect of putting yourself in such a vulnerable position during addiction treatment can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Our safe and supportive environment at Discovery Point allows you to feel comfortable and confident as you take this important step on your road to a successful, long-term recovery.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective means of treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. We often pair CBT with psychiatry to treat these issues. Your comprehensive treatment plan is designed to help you beat your addiction to drugs and alcohol. Through therapy, you will learn to:
At Discovery Point Retreat, we know how negative thoughts and poor self-concept contribute to the development of drug and alcohol abuse as a coping mechanism. That’s why examining the connection between your thoughts and actions is essential to beating your addiction. The ability to recognize your “triggering” thought patterns and correct them is the key to breaking the psychological cycle of substance abuse.
Our cognitive behavioral therapy program begins with an assessment of your addictive behavior. We find the common factors that lead to your drug and alcohol abuse, which enables you to identify your strongest triggers.
A variety of emotions or events – such as boredom, stress, anxiety, even celebrations – can hinder your recovery if not addressed properly. Once you learn to recognize the source of your triggers, it becomes easier to reclaim control of your actions and reactions. During cognitive behavioral therapy, we also begin the process of helping you replace harmful behaviors with better habits.
Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is all about staying on the path to sobriety by making the right decisions. Practicing mindfulness creates accountability, putting the choices back into your hands. While expecting perfection is an unrealistic goal, cognitive behavioral therapy heightens your self-awareness and gives you the best chance for a successful recovery.