Cognitive behavioral therapy is a kind of behavioral therapy that is centered around the goal of teaching patients the types of skills that they need in order to face their most challenging moments and to be able to behave in the way they intend to. This takes fundamental but difficult skills like being capable of recognizing shifts in mood and emotional response. It takes a profound and fundamental understanding of self for the person struggling with a chemical dependency, and a kind of understanding of one’s own addiction and the substance at the center of the addiction itself. This sort of deep dive into the matter teaches a person who is struggling with addiction how they came to their addiction, to this place in time, and  what addiction itself is.

The way the patient’s prefered intoxicant changes or shapes all of that means how the person’s unique addiction functions, and how their individual addiction feeds off of every other element in the person’s life can be startling, and it is true that learning all of this can be overwhelming. It can be pretty intense to learn so much that takes you to a fuller understanding of how a substance has been wreaking havoc on one’s body. It can be terrifying to stand face to face with one’s own shame and languishing trauma, but all of this allows the recovering user to learn the skills they require to change the way they are vulnerable to triggers, and how triggers affect them, it also helps them to be able to shift the reactions they have to triggers and cravings regardless of how strong. One of the most vital aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy is that it helps recovering addicts to be able to find compassion within themselves, it helps them to resist the shame spiral. This adds to not only a higher quality of life, but it also generally increases the chances of sustained success in the recovery of any patient struggling with substance abuse and a chemical dependence on an intoxicant. This is especially valuable to someone who has a dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorder. A dual diagnosis occurs when someone who is struggling with an addiction to a drug, illicit or prescription, or to alcohol also suffers from a comorbidity of some form of mental health disorder such as schizophrenia, personality disorder, generalized anxiety disorder or depression. A person with a co-occurring disorder such as these disorders listed will have a more complicated recovery in front of them because in order to really recover and heal from these disorder, a person must treat the two, the mental health disorder as well as the chemical dependency and emotional addiction to the drug, at the same time. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the few treatments that attacks both of the dual diagnosis at their core and the therapy does so at the simultaneously.


Discovery InstituteCBT is created based on a few foundational principles. Those include:

  • Behavioral issues often occur because of improper learning, inaccurate, incorrect, or inappropriate comprehension  of one’s self and the rest of the world around.
  • Practice makes perfect, sure, but it is also true that  practice can create a bad and wrong habit if you practice incorrectly. If you are practicing 2 + 2 = 3 and you do so for long enough, after too many times you will solidify the idea as a habit. If you believe that you’re useless and you allow yourself to tell it to yourself too many times, or perhaps you hear it from someone else in your life too many times, you will indeed form the habit of believing that you yourself are useless.  
  • It is possible to untangle that mess though. You can relearn ways of thinking. You can rewrite the grooves in your brain by learn new ways to cope with the world around and practicing those new ways of thinking. Old coping methods may have started out as survival mechanisms, coping skills set up by one’s subconscious to maintain the safety of a person especially in abuse or neglect survivors, but now these survival skills are not needed. In fact, they have since become problematic behaviors.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help relieve the desperation your body and mind feels for them.


Finding Help Through Drug Rehab in NJ at Discovery Institute Detox Centers in NJ

Detox centers in New Jersey will likely offer some form of behavioral therapy through their rehab programs. The best programs will think of the patient as an individual when setting them up with a drug or alcohol addiction recovery treatment plan. As they take the patient in they will look at each person who is struggling with addiction on a clean slate and allow their unique struggles and individual addiction to inform the way they set up therapy and treatment for that patient. This will allow the patient to work on any dual diagnosis they suffer from simultaneous to their addiction recovery, as well as address any trauma they may have not dealt with. Discovery Institute can offer a dedicated staff of licensed medical individuals as well as qualified therapists who will work with each patient as they come. Call us today to learn more. 

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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