Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be effective in treating chemical dependency issues, especially when used in conjunction with other forms of treatment. By combining the cognitive aspects of traditional talk therapy in a quest for context and understanding, with behavioral therapy's action-oriented approach to making changes, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seeks measurable progress through practical tools. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can also be useful in healing underlying root causes of dependency, from childhood trauma to negative self-beliefs.
Treating Dependency With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ranks as one of the most effective treatments for drug and alcohol dependency. In fact, nearly 25 randomized studies showed that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be effective in treating tobacco and alcohol dependency, as well as drug dependencies such as marijuana, cocaine and opiate addictions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has also been shown to achieve favorable long-term effects, focusing on treatment of dependency, and then widening the scope to achieve positive physical and mental health, as well as improved interpersonal interactions.
In a relatively low number of sessions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seeks to change undesirable behaviors and attitudes through a structured, extremely goal-oriented approach. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy places a premium on identifying and changing beliefs about the self that often lie at the root of chemical dependency. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, patients can also learn positive coping skills, allowing them empowerment in future situations that may reach beyond the scope of dependency itself.
Integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Into Alcohol and Drug Recovery
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy also emphasizes the individual in the recovery process, as therapists seek participation from and partnership with the patient in a quest for healing. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy also offers individuals a flexible approach that can be easily adapted to work with both inpatient and outpatient settings, and a wide variety of patient circumstances and backgrounds. Cognitive behavioral therapists will often partner with other physicians, therapists, counselors and treatment centers, as research has shown Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works best in treating dependency when used as part of a holistic or combined recovery plan.