Substance abuse is a maladaptive behavioral pattern. Since our feelings and behaviors stem from our thoughts, cognitive behavioral therapy teaches you to identify and change problematic behaviors that lead to drugs and alcohol. During your cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, you will learn different skills that will enable you to stop drug abuse and address other problems that usually co-occur with it.
One of the main skills you learn in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is the ability to anticipate problems and develop stronger self control through various coping strategies. One such coping strategy is thinking of the positive and negative effects of continuous drug abuse.
Learn how to recognize cravings early and how to get through them without resorting to drugs or alcohol. Identify situations which will likely put you at risk and know how to avoid them.
Frequency of CBT sessions: at least 2 times a week