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Treatment at CIVIQ Health includes a number of approaches and modalities directed and supervised by our master’s level clinical teams.   Treatment of addiction and mental health disorders can benefit from interventions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy engages emotions, thoughts and behaviors to address developed patterns that are identified as maladaptive.   Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has origins in early therapy as well as in behavioral modification approaches to therapy.  Aaron Beck, considered the founder of CBT, has worked with other practitioners to expand and explore aspects of thought-feeling-behavior based therapies.   Other practitioners such as Albert Ellis who developed Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Donald Michenbaum who contributed to CBT by developing Cognitive Behavioral Modification (CBM).

How to Change

This approach works with how the interplay between feelings, thoughts, and the resulting behaviors can be adjusted with the clients in order to effect change; beginning with feelings and thoughts.  CBT examines how feelings are experienced and then addressed with thoughts.  These thoughts can be negative such as; feeling angry, judged, shamed or worthless.  When these responses to feelings happen enough and are reinforced (made stronger) by experience and reoccurrence they can result in a negative core belief.  

Identifying Problems

Negative core beliefs include: “I am worthless”, “I am inadequate”, “I am unlovable”, and “I am a failure” these thoughts are primarily directed toward the self.  Other negative core beliefs can be about others “other people are unsafe”, “other people will hurt me” or “other people can not be trusted”.   CBT also addresses cognitive distortions that can create justification like “I can have one drink and be fine” or “if I don’t use heroin I can just use Marijuana”. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for addiction can involve working with a therapist individually to identify cognitive distortions, core negative beliefs, and thought patterns that help in the repeated maladaptive behaviors of use and habits around use.  It can also be taught in psychoeducation and skill-learning groups to help identify thoughts that may be shared by group members to put coping skills into practice.  

Addressing Thoughts

When integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for alcohol addiction in individual sessions and groups, trained therapists will use skills to identify how feelings relate to thoughts and contribute to negative cognitions that effect behavior.  People who struggle with alcohol addiction may struggle with thoughts and beliefs such as “I will never be able to stop drinking” or “I can’t do anything without being drunk”.  Working with clients who may think this way can help with identifying feelings that contribute to sustaining these beliefs and thoughts and how it effects their behavior (continued drinking, social isolation, etc.). 

Addressing Behaviors

Similar approaches can be used for best cognitive behavioral therapy for addicts.  People who are addicted to drugs as well as alcohol struggle with urges to use their desired substance.  This is often seen as a compulsive behavior as well as a coping skill to address emotions or thoughts which are difficult.  The habits of use are the behavioral aspect when considering the client’s struggle.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a widely practiced method of treatment for a variety of disorders (which include substance use) because of its well-researched background and established efficacy. 

Evidence Based Practice

CBT is widely viewed as efficacious because it is an evidenced-based practice with a number of well researched approaches that have measured and consistent outcomes.  This is why insurance companies, providers, clients, and family members should be curious about how CBT methods are used in treatment settings to address cognitive factors which may be addressed in therapy to yield different behavioral outcomes. 

Included Approaches: Gorski Matrix

Cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction can also include methods such as the Matrix Model or The Gorski Method of relapse prevention.  Matrix model uses techniques that examine past use patterns regarding stimulant use.  The Gorski Method of Relapse Prevention is also used at CIVIQ Health as it is evidenced based and structured in a way to explore aspects of relapse triggers and interventions used in group and individual sessions to adjust behavioral outcomes that are centered in emotional and cognitive origins.  These are included in treatment as they are best cognitive behavioral therapy for addicts and alcoholics, that both includes approaches from CBT and are specialized in addiction.

CBT & CIVIQ Health

CIVIQ health is dedicated to providing efficacious, individualized, and compassionate care to all clients which includes addressing addiction and mental health issues with techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  It is the clinical teams hope that including Cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction into the diverse approaches to treatment will allow the clients to gain skills from examining the interaction between thoughts and feelings with outcomes of behavior.  With newly learned skills clients can gain insight into effective and researched methods to meet their goals.