Cognitive Behavorial Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?


Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psycho-social therapy that seeks to enhance an individual’s mental health. CBT concentrates on difficult and changing cognitive biases and actions, improving emotional management, and the advancement of individual coping strategies that focus on resolving problems. According to the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI), CBT is a type of psychotherapy where the client and therapist collaborate to help the client recover from mental illness problems. Individuals who are treated with CBT can anticipate their therapist to be laser-focused, and goal-directed in addressing the issues that the client presents. Homework is also a big part of cognitive behavioral therapy to stimulate redundancy for the client.


BriteLife Recovery utilizes CBT for all levels of care because it centers on analyzing the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and actions. By identifying patterns of thinking that lead to harmful behaviors, clients can alter their patterns of thinking, and consequently, develop better coping skills.


CBT doesn’t stand as a distinctive therapy method, but rather as a general classification term for a number of therapies that are similar. In fact, BriteLife provides quite a few treatment modalities that are deemed CBT techniques.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Substance Abuse


Most clients enduring substance use disorder also have a lot of negative thinking, and this is almost always a hindrance to self-change. All-or-nothing reasoning is one of the most common types of negative thinking. Negative thinking patterns are the primary cause of many difficulties including anxiety, depression, and addiction. These potent, destructive thoughts are common in people struggling with substance abuse and all-or-nothing thinking adds to their sense of ineffectiveness and lack of control over their addiction behavior.

The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Studies show that CBT can be an effective treatment for addiction. It usually involves several distinct interventions like skills building and motivational interviewing. CBT is also one of the most explored forms of therapy, so there is an abundance of evidence and support for its use with a variety of behavioral health conditions, including substance use disorder.


CBT has been shown highly effective when compared with having no other treatment at all. When compared with other treatment methods, studies have had varied findings. Some show CBT to be even more effective when combined with new age therapies like medication assisted treatment (MAT) and 12-step support groups.

What are the Benefits of CBT?


CBT treats a broad range of fears and issues patients may be suffering. Many of the time-tested benefits include:

  • Identifies problems and implements coping in short amount of time.
  • Helps patients manage / regulate their emotions.
  • Teaches better communication skills.
  • Assists in repairing relationships.
  • Supports patient coping with grief, loss, or medical illness.
  • Effective in overcoming trauma.


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