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CBT Plays Large Role in Substance Abuse Treatment

When you finally take that brave, bold step toward substance abuse treatment and recovery, you want to know you’re walking in the right direction. Who wouldn’t?


When you enter treatment for addiction, you’re giving your time and effort as an investment. And we’re right there with you in saying we hope it’s an investment that offers big returns. 


One of the best ways you make the most of your journey is to engage in evidence-based treatment, which should be a top priority of any therapy program. One of our favorites, widely used by addiction treatment centers around the globe, is cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT for short. 


Let’s take a look at what CBT entails, why it plays such a large role in helping people heal from substance abuse disorders, and how it might help you, too. 


What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

CBT works as a practical process for overcoming unwanted behavior. The therapist and patient work together to tackle the source of a person’s behavior: the mind. After all, it is our thoughts that dictate our emotions and our emotions that encourage our actions. 


Because of this, CBT can be used to treat all sorts of problems. Addiction, yes, but also other issues like depression, eating disorders, relationship struggles and more. 


CBT moves beyond thoughts, of course. Through what Psychology Today calls a “structured and systematic” approach, a person develops healthy habits for both their thought life and their daily acted-out-in-real-world life. 


Science backs up this approach in a big way, too. The American Psychological Association lauds CBT as a tool that has proven time and time again to “actually produce change.” In a world where nuance often leads the way, a solid, researched-back plan is the way to go. 


CBT Pairs Well With Substance Abuse Treatment. Here’s Why:

Adding CBT to a traditional treatment plan adds a powerful dose of can-do toward your goal of reaching recovery. That’s because CBT offers two key benefits: 

  • CBT focuses on the present over the past. The moment you’re ready to shake addiction doesn’t come a moment too soon. While a therapist using CBT may gather a brief history of your life, the priority is spent on what’s happening now and how you can show up each day in healthy ways and contribute to your healing. 


  • CBT is both practical and proactive.You’ll be able to show up to your daily life in more healthy ways because CBT offers a framework for gaining self-control and developing coping strategies that stick. 


And in our modern world, you can even experience the benefits of CBT from home through web-based therapy. Research shows that online CBT treatment programs are just as effective—and sometimes more so—than a more traditional in-person approach, making it a viable and affordable option for many.


5 Things You’ll Learn from CBT While Working Toward Recovery

According to Very Well Mind, you can expect to walk away from CBT treatment with a few new and powerful strategies, which include: 

  1. The ability to name negative thoughts as they pass through your brain. 
  2. The confidence built on repeated practice of new skills
  3. Specific goals you’d like to reach regarding sobriety and more
  4. The ability to problem-solve, even under moments of great pressure
  5. A plan for self-monitoring, which is key for maintaining long-term sobriety. 


Does this sound like something that would benefit you or your loved one?

At The Right Step Houston, we use CBT to support our clients as they begin to work through the “whys” behind their substance use. When we begin to remove the layers and get to the core of the addiction cycle, we also work to implement solid cognitive ways to help you manage your substance use disorder


No matter if you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, we are here to support you. Our recovery specialists are ready to walk you through the admissions process or simply answer any questions or concerns you may have about treatment.

Call us today at (844) 767-9404 to find out more about our programs. 


By Stephanie Thomas

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