man in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) sessionRecovery from drug or alcohol addiction requires a positive mindset. Sadly, good thoughts may be hard for someone to conjure up when they’re trapped in the chaotic patterns of substance use disorder. This is a chronic disease that ends relationships, wrecks jobs, and destroys physical, emotional and mental health, but there is a way back. Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, helps clients realign their patterns of thinking. They learn to focus on positive instead of negative thoughts that may have plagued them since childhood. This brings into focus a brighter, drug-free future. If you crave relief from substance use disorder, Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham, NH offers an inpatient treatment center that can help.

About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy in New Hampshire is useful in treating a variety of disorders. Some of these conditions often co-occur with substance use disorder (learn more about dual diagnosis treatment in NH) and may include:

CBT is a form of psycho- or talk-therapy. Therefore, it involves a one-on-one conversation with a licensed clinician. During a CBT session, the therapist listens and responds to the client’s thoughts and feelings. When inaccurate patterns of thinking are identified, they’re brought into the light, examined and redirected. Inaccurate thoughts are ones that typically evolve during childhood. Examples include:

  • I’m not worthy of love
  • I am responsible for other people’s happiness
  • If my loved one can’t cope, I can’t cope either
  • I can change him/her
  • I can’t live without him/her

Most people who live with thoughts like these daily have no idea they’re experiencing a warped reality. They assume everyone thinks these same thoughts. During CBT, this reality is revealed as false, and work is done to help the client view the world as other people actually view it. CBT can bring immense relief to clients who developed this way of thinking as a survival tactic, usually in childhood.

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps

Cognitive behavioral therapy helps clients re-learn a lot of what they thought they already knew. They’re taught to examine skewed thinking and to repair it by replacing it with thoughts that are closer to reality. For example,

  • I do not have to feel guilty for saying no
  • I do not have to judge myself so harshly
  • I do not have to rescue everyone I meet
  • My actions do not have to please everyone in the room
  • I am completely lovable, and I deserve to be loved

CBT is especially helpful for those at a substance abuse treatment center in NH because it addresses many of the issues that cause people to begin self-medicating. CBT can help clients feel less isolated, less damaged, and more able to cope and to take charge of their own recovery. Relationships usually improve, and it becomes easier to get through a day.

CBT at Green Mountain Treatment Center

Cognitive behavioral therapy plays an important role in drug and alcohol treatment at Green Mountain Treatment Center. We utilize a full range of therapies, both traditional and holistic programs in NH, to help our clients succeed in recovery. When you choose to begin the healing process, you’ll work with experienced and compassionate clinicians to devise an individualized plan that caters to your specific needs. You’ll benefit from a variety of therapeutic options, including CBT, grief and loss therapy, EMDR and more. In a typical day, you may meditate, spend time learning the advantages of therapeutic writing, or work off frustrations in our fitness center or yoga class.

At Green Mountain Treatment Center in New Hampshire, we believe in healing your body, mind and spirit, along with your substance use disorder. Real people. Real recovery. Call us today at 866.913.7957.