Finding the right solution for stopping your addictive behavior can make the difference in whether you achieve long-lasting sobriety or if it is short-lived. For many in California, the right solution has come in the form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in Orange County.
As studies are showing more conclusive evidence that addictive behavior can stem from untreated mental illnesses or brain disorders, revolutionary therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy are becoming more recognized for their success rate in managing several mental health disorders, as well as providing guidance for handling stressful circumstances in life.
If you are dealing with a crippling addiction or need help in dealing with emotional and behavioral situations, Experience Recovery can be your resource for cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is commonly referred to as psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” where the method of therapy involves a mental health counselor and a patient talking about negative behavior or incorrect thoughts the patient has toward him/herself and toward certain situations. Psychotherapy is described as “the treatment of a mental or emotional disorder or of related bodily ills by psychological means.”
These talks happen over the course of several sessions and are to provide better ways to think when faced with these situations. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be combined with other treatments, even those with medication, or it can be used by itself.
There is very little risk that comes from having cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in Orange County, but patients should be prepared for sessions where past hurts and memories will be revisited, causing uncontrollable emotions to emerge. One form of CBT, exposure therapy, encourages patients to confront situations or experiences that can bring anxiety and emotional struggle, but only with the guiding assistance of their therapist.
Before you start your first therapy session, it is a good idea to locate a therapist and check their qualifications to see that their background, success rate, and field of expertise coincide with what therapy you need.
Experience Recovery has you meet with our addiction recovery specialist personally to discuss how your emotions are presently and what situations are most challenging right now. From there, “homework” assignments will be given to help you become more aware of better coping skills for these situations, using activities, reading, and routines to assist in strengthening the coping skills.
As you are going through your first session, see it also as an opportunity to “interview” your therapist to see if they would be a good match for you in their approach to your care. Examining their experience, the length of each session, and how many sessions would be needed are important to know before moving forward in your therapy.
The goal is for you to be able to “rewire” your brain and emotions to find healthier ways to cope instead of choosing addiction to dangerous substances. Your therapist might ask you what situations you battle with and what your thoughts are, positive and negative, while in that situation. As you talk with your therapist, they will help guide you to a more accurate and encouraging mindset toward the situation that you can practice adopting into your normal thought processes.
Each plan is customized to fit the patient’s unique needs, supported by science-based evidence that shows the therapy is effective.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in Orange County focuses most on getting into the core issues of your emotional struggles, believing that distorted perceptions are what leads to addictive habits and behaviors.
By talking exclusively with a therapist, issues are brought to the light and dissected to learn their origins privately. You can feel confident that your therapist is there to listen and problem-solve with you to determine the next best step in combating your fears and finding freedom from addiction.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) also can help with issues that don’t relate to an addiction of any kind but could be of assistance in handling stress better, lessening anxiety, and aiding in building your self-esteem and confidence level.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) shouldn’t be seen as only successful due to your therapist’s efforts but as a mutual blending of the therapist’s efforts with yours. You need to come to each session prepared to share and believe that you will experience freedom and success from the therapy.
Some ways include being open and honest with your therapist, doing your homework assignments, attending each therapy session prepared to share, and realizing that it will take some time before you see results. Consider this a partnership with your therapist and if you feel you aren’t progressing, share this with them so you both can work together to solve the problem.
Don’t believe that your problems can only be alleviated with the help of drugs, alcohol, or other addictive behaviors. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of many services Experience Recovery provides to help you break free from addiction and learn new ways to cope with the stresses of life in healthy ways. Contact us today to learn more about our services and what we can do to help you reach long-lasting sobriety.