Treating the Cognitive Components of Addiction

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on our thoughts, not on our situations. The skills learned help us to handle difficult situations in new ways, which can be helpful in many problem areas of life, including addiction. In a cognitive behavioral approach to substance abuse treatment, patients learn new coping skills, how to change old habits and even how to discover new ways of thinking about alcohol and drugs. CBT teaches that we can change the way we react to situations even if we can’t change the situation itself. Our thoughts have power and we can learn to use them to our advantage.

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