How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

Are you looking into cognitive behavioral therapy to help you overcome a mental health disorder, work through mental health symptoms, or overcome addiction? If so, you may want to learn more about how this type of therapy works.


After reading this, if you have more questions about CBT or you want to enroll in a treatment program that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, reach out to us here at Harmony Treatment and Wellness of Stuart.

Combining Treatment Approaches

The first thing you need to know about how CBT works is that it combines 2 treatment approaches. One of these is cognitive therapy and the other is behavioral therapy. Basically, this means that you will be talking with a therapist and working on recognizing your behaviors. Then, you can learn to change negative behaviors, so you can heal and develop positive, healthy behaviors in their place.

Treating Addiction with CBT

It is also important for you to know that CBT can work to treat addiction. This therapy is usually combined with other addiction treatments. However, it is quite powerful on its own, as well.

Studies show that when people talk with a professional therapist and work on their behaviors, they are more likely to stop abusing alcohol and drugs than those who don’t work on this. The reason for this is that when you attend CBT sessions during your addiction treatment program, you take the time to recognize which behaviors keep sending you into the cycle of substance abuse. Upon recognizing those behaviors, you can work on a plan to change them.

Here at Harmony Stuart and Wellness, we have helped many people overcome addiction through cognitive behavioral therapy sessions. Some addictions we have been able to help people overcome include:

  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Alcohol

If you have an addiction to any substance, please reach out to us to start your recovery.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Benefits

Now that you understand more about how this type of therapy works, it would be good to review some of the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy. Some of these benefits include:

  • Recognizing and defeating self-destructive behaviors
  • Recognizing triggers and how to manage them
  • Learning healthy coping skills
  • Reducing stress and other mental health symptoms
  • Overcoming trauma and working through other difficult past situations
  • Building a healthy recovery toolbox
  • Learning emotional management skills
  • Getting better at healthy problem solving
  • Improving communication skills
  • Learning how to deal with grief
  • Learning to better manage and cope with chronic health issues
  • Better chance of preventing a relapse
  • Identifying issues that hold you back from living a substance-free life
  • Evaluating why you have certain thoughts and how to change the way you think

Above are some examples of the many benefits you can receive when attending cognitive behavioral therapy during your addiction treatment program.

Use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Change Your Life Today

Now that you have learned how CBT works and how it can benefit you, contact us today, here at Harmony Treatment and Wellness of Stuart, to add CBT to your addiction treatment program.

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