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The Role of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Drug Rehabilitation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy based on the premise that the way we think has significant impact on how we feel and what we do. The focus of the treatment is to make a patient recognize situations wherein they’re more likely to give in to their addiction. CBT professionals make sure patients know how to prevent such situations and cope with addictive behaviors.

Many therapists use CBT for a range of cases, including cases of drug addiction. This therapy when used in drug rehabilitation programs seeks to make a patient realize how his thoughts about drug use affect his actions. In this case, CBT involves different techniques and processes. These include recognizing past decisions and actions, realizing the negative effects of such behavior, and identifying solutions and alternatives.

Partnership with Therapists

CBT involves partnership between recovering individuals and therapists. When a patient has trust and confidence with their therapist, they can efficiently learn their lessons. The therapist can use a simple conversation to let their patient recognize how to handle situations that urge them to use drugs. Through personal counseling, the CBT expert can also help patients realize ways to overcome their addiction and resist temptations to develop the behavior again.

Time Factors

Most therapy professionals require active participation to complete the treatment plan on time. Most treatments last for 16 weeks only; time is very important in the course of the rehabilitation. This is why it’s important for a patient to participate in all activities, comply with the requirements of the program, and listen to the advice of the rehab professional.

This is also the reason every visit to a rehab center is direct and structured. Sessions strictly follow the agenda and complete each activity at the end of the visit.


The speed of recovery varies from person to person and some cases would require other treatment strategies other than CBT. This is another advantage of CBT – it’s flexible and works well in conjunction with other forms of treatment. It can also be used for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs.

Feel free to contact us should you wish to learn more about the CBT approach we use on our rehabilitation programs.

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