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Many people who struggle with addiction issues think that drugs or alcohol are their main problem. They believe that once they quit using their drug of choice or stop drinking alcohol, they will be “cured”. They think that by putting down the pipe, the needle, or the bottle, they can go on living their lives as though everything is okay. That there is no more work to do. This is simply not true. Drugs and alcohol are but a symptom of the problem. Addiction is only half the story.
Those who develop an addiction problem have underlying issues that caused them to seek drugs or alcohol in the first place. It is these issues that need to be addressed in order for someone to experience freedom from active addiction.
Past traumas, childhood abuse or neglect, a negative self-image, defeating thought patterns and behaviors, and mental health disorders are just a few of the problems people with addiction problems are up against as they walk the road to recovery. These negative life experiences can impede the road toward progress and lead to relapse.
Approaching these issues head-on is the only real way to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Without getting to the core of the problem, the desire to drink or use drugs again is inevitable. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is effective for treating addiction and its underlying issues.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the many treatment methodologies we promote at DARA Thailand. It helps individuals in their pursuit to learn to how to live drug and alcohol-free lives. This is a proven way to change destructive thought patterns and motivate behavioral change. CBT is intended to be a short-term program that produces long-lasting, positive results for individuals who struggle with their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
CBT comes from the position that it is not the actual events we have experienced in our lives that profoundly affect us, but how we think and feel about those events. By examining negative thought patterns (or “stuck points”) and replacing them with new, empowering beliefs; participants free themselves from limiting perspectives that no longer serve them.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of “talk therapy” where the participant works with a specialized therapist to identify automatic thoughts that show up in the mind. These might be statements like “I am bad”. “I am never going to be good enough,” or “I can’t do anything right.” The therapist will then work with the participant to identify the feelings associated with those thoughts. They will train them to replace those thoughts and feelings with a positive experience.
Although we have offered a simple explanation for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, it is an in-depth process shared by the therapist and the participant – one with miraculous results. You have to undergo CBT for yourself to benefit from this type of therapy and experience its life-changing effects.
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