Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has goals and techniques that are implemented by the therapist. The first goal in this therapy is to teach the client how to interpret and become more aware of their negative thoughts. Then the therapist will help the client understand how the negative thoughts are connected to their emotions and behaviors. Lastly, they will assist the client in gaining confirmation for and against these negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The goals in Cognitive Behavior Therapy are achieved by implementing certain techniques. Self-instructional training teaches the client how to appropriately perform certain tasks showing them how to, then asking them to perform it while reading instructions out loud, followed by whispering the instructions, and then finally performing it silently. Stress inoculation training involves practicing how to handle future stressful events that could occur through discussion and role-play. Thought stopping is an exercise in which the therapists asks the client to talk about themselves in a bad way and then halfway through they yell stop! This practice helps the client understand how to stop inner negative thought patterns. Cognitive restructuring is a combination of stress inoculation and thought stopping.
You can see just how important CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy, could be in your own regiment for treatment but you have to explore all the possible options open to you. For some people CBT is not as affective as other forms of treatment so do not be discouraged if this approach does not work for you. Cognitive behavioral therapy does have the potential for improving not just potential addiction issues but also other aspects in your life including feeling better about yourself in general. Reach out to a licensed therapist in your area and ask them specifically if they specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy and if it might work for you. Just know going into it that this is only one specific option you might use but that it can arm you with plenty to use in the future.