Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Change your beliefs, thoughts, and actions at Cornerstone's substance abuse treatment program utilizing CBT.


Cognitive Therapy and Reprocessing Therapy

For clients living in the aftermath of trauma, Cornerstone Healing Center offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a fundamental component of its holistic treatment approach. CBT has gained widespread recognition for its effectiveness in addressing not only trauma but also commonly co-occurring issues like addiction, depression, and anxiety.

At our Arizona addiction treatment facilities, CBT is seamlessly integrated into our comprehensive treatment model, working harmoniously with group therapy and 12-step programming. We understand that each client’s journey to recovery is unique, so we tailor each addiction treatment plan to the individual’s specific needs. While CBT may not be necessary for every client in our outpatient rehab program, for many, it proves to be a cornerstone for achieving and maintaining long-term recovery. Through CBT, clients learn to identify and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviors, equipping them with valuable tools to cope with life’s challenges healthily.

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What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a unique approach that examines the interconnection between a client’s thoughts, emotions, and actions. Unlike traditional “talk therapy,” CBT strongly emphasizes practical, self-help techniques designed to foster positive change.

When beginning CBT, a therapist thoroughly assesses the client’s history and mental state to develop a personalized treatment plan. This process involves identifying the client’s thought patterns and behaviors contributing to their psychological distress. The treatment plan will focus on:

  • Identifying specific problematic thoughts and behavior patterns to be addressed in therapy
  • Examining current situations and thought patterns that exacerbate the client’s distress
  • Developing coping strategies and skills to help the client overcome these challenges

CBT encourages clients to actively participate in treatment, including monitoring their thoughts and feelings, practicing new behaviors, and applying coping skills in various situations. During therapy sessions, clients work on reassessing their harmful or inaccurate thoughts and experimenting with new ways of thinking and behaving. This hands-on approach empowers clients to gain a sense of control over their thoughts and emotions, leading to enduring psychological change.

Over the course of therapy, the therapist will gradually introduce exercises designed to challenge and transform negative thought patterns. In the context of CBT, this may involve the client participating in behavioral experiments or practicing new coping strategies. The primary objective of these CBT techniques is to alleviate the distress associated with negative thoughts and modify the way these thoughts influence the client’s behavior and emotional well-being. By systematically confronting and restructuring negative thoughts, CBT facilitates the alteration of maladaptive patterns and fosters the development of healthier ways of thinking and behaving.

Benefits of CBT

As clients learn to question and reframe negative thoughts through CBT, they often experience a notable decrease in stress and anxiety. This is especially advantageous for those in addiction recovery, as it equips them with the ability to manage negative emotions that could potentially trigger substance use and relapse. For clients who have relied on drugs or alcohol as a means to cope with negative thoughts or feelings, the skills acquired through CBT can offer healthier coping strategies, thereby reducing or eliminating the dependence on substances.

Extensive research, including studies examining the effects of childhood abuse, neglect, and overall well-being, clearly demonstrates the connection between traumatic experiences and the development of substance abuse disorders. This research highlights the crucial role that cognitive-behavioral strategies play in the recovery process. By providing clients with the tools to confront and modify harmful thought patterns, CBT presents a powerful avenue for overcoming addiction, rooted in a profound understanding of the relationship between past trauma and current challenges.


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