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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Drinking: How to Curb Your Alcohol Dependence

Breaking the cycle of alcohol addiction requires several key steps. The first involves interrupting the supply of the addictive substance and clearing its remnants from the addicted person’s body. This detoxification happens over hours, days, and sometimes weeks. The second part of the process can take much longer, as it involves healing the person’s psychological and emotional dependence on alcohol. For that challenge, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has become a tried and true treatment tool in the fight against substance abuse.

CBT for Drinking Problems 

CBT has been in use as a therapeutic tool for decades. It focuses on the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, a relationship called the CBT Triangle. Developed as a method to change the negative thought patterns common to people diagnosed with a variety of mental health conditions, it has been used effectively to treat anxiety, depression, and addiction, among others. 

Negative thoughts can occur spontaneously and typically fall into three general categories: thoughts about ourselves, the world, and/or the future. When the people who experience these negative thoughts are too young or ill-equipped to deal with them, they often develop maladaptive coping processes that may include self-medication with alcohol or drugs. These unhealthy coping strategies may lead to addiction. 

As part of a comprehensive treatment program, CBT can boost the healing process of neuroplasticity, the reshaping of the brain that occurs post-addiction. CBT talk-therapy supports the development of new neural connections as healthy coping strategies take the place of ineffective ones. Under the guidance of a trained therapist, clients are encouraged to accept and cope more effectively with situations they cannot control and change the behaviors they can control. CBT, along with other therapies, offers real hope for long-term recovery.

Benefits of CBT 

When administered by specially trained and licensed professionals, CBT offers many benefits in the treatment of alcohol dependence. Some of the major advantages include:

How To Find a CBT Provider

When selecting a rehab center for your recovery, it is necessary to do your homework. Curbing your alcohol dependence will require safe and supervised detox stabilization. Once the physical addiction is broken, the task of reordering your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors must begin. Choosing a treatment center that emphasizes CBT is a proactive strategy for changing negative beliefs and destructive behaviors and promoting long-term success. By helping you reshape your thinking and behaviors, CBT equips you for a healthier future. When this therapy is enhanced by other supports, such as targeted nutrition and physical activity, and accompanied by group participation, your chances for healing and long-term sobriety are greatly improved.

To learn more about how CBT can help you curb a drinking problem, reach out to the addiction specialists at New Choices Treatment Centers. Contact us online or call (726) 888-7003 to hear the details of our comprehensive rehab program.