Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy designed to help people identify, understand, and ultimately change dysfunctional behaviors. In contrast to other forms of therapy, CBT focuses on the “now,” rather than a person’s past. During CBT sessions, guests focus on their thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, with the goal of understanding how these relate to their unstable behavior.
For those in recovery, CBT therapy is an excellent tool to help recognize and manage triggers, cravings, and risky situations. Guests who participate in cognitive behavioral therapy, learn to identify high-risk situations and develop the skills needed to make healthy decisions. Further, CBT promotes active involvement in one’s recovery. An example would be keeping track of emotions and thoughts between sessions. Guests and their therapists can review this information together, and discuss effective ways to handle undesirable emotions. Working closely with their therapists, guests develop a blueprint in order to overcome self-defeating behaviors. Additionally, cognitive behavioral therapy is considered a short-term form of treatment, typically consisting of 10 to 20 sessions.
The length of treatment will depend on several factors including but not limited to—severity of symptoms, substance use history, and level of improvement during therapy. Studies have shown that cognitive-behavioral therapy statistically increases the chances of long-term sobriety. One study, in particular, showed that cognitive-behavioral therapy was successful at treating a large range of addictive disorders. Through this practice, guests learn healthy coping skills that will prepare them for the road ahead.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is an altered form of cognitive-behavioral therapy. It differs from CBT in that guests are encouraged to embrace all feelings and thoughts, including stressful ones, instead of rejecting them. Finding the right balance between acceptance and change is one of the main objectives of dialectical behavioral therapy. Effectively, DBT
combines mindfulness and acceptance, with conventional CBT
exercises. Guests and their therapists work very closely and collaborate to set realistic goals for their recovery.