Using CBT for Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

Using CBT for Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

Entering an inpatient rehab facility for alcohol detox, prescription drug rehabilitation, or some other drug detox is an excellent first step taking you down the right path headed to your recovery. The road to abstinence isn't easy, but it isn't that hard with the proper support.

One of the most widely used therapeutic mediums in drug and alcohol rehabilitative environments is cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT. As it relates to alcohol use disorder or AUD, it is empirically one of the most effective approaches to psychotherapy with a structure that practically guarantees a patient's successfully sustained sobriety once leaving an alcohol rehab center. 

AUD Vs. Psychological Tools, CBT Groups and Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions 

A person's recovery from alcohol use disorder doesn't occur with alcohol detox alone. At inpatient rehab facilities, like Wish Rehab, therapists teach alcohol misusers that, with the appropriate use of psychological tools, they could handle themselves well and maintain abstinence in real-life situations involving the pressure from peers or triggers of maladaptive behaviors. 

Knowing the root cause of specific behavior, the patient and therapist have the fundamental grounds for their work together while at rehab. In therapy, using this foundation, they begin to create new thoughts and neurological passageways for the patient by coming up with more progressive and healthier ideas. They can also challenge thoughts or core beliefs by searching for evidence supporting or discrediting those thoughts' validity. One of the mantras of CBT is, "Beliefs are not facts." 

The use of CBT as an AUD treatment has repeatedly proven itself to be vital as a therapeutic option to prevent relapse, and it is helpful for clients in sustaining their long-term sobriety upon leaving the rehabilitative environment. In many cases, individuals diagnosed with alcohol use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health condition. 

Inpatient rehab centers can optimize clients' responses to CBT's restructuring of core beliefs, automatic and conditioned thoughts with CBT groups as an addition to one-on-one sessions with therapists. There's priceless value in group therapy, as it allows people to share their experiences. 

Often, group members find out they aren't alone and have gone through the same things as others in their substance use. Other times a member can offer a different experience, which can be different from most members in the group but manages to widen the group's perception of an issue, general thought, or feeling. Groups help dissolve those feelings one might have of being the only one with a particular experience. Group therapy is also a way to make new friends who share similar struggles and respect each other's goals.

Combining CBT with Other Therapeutic Options

Cognitive behavior therapy is designed to work well alongside other treatments such as support groups, medication-assisted therapies, and complementary medicine. When used in conjunction with these modalities, CBT is successful for most people. 

While in CBT treatment, patients learn the following and more:

  • How to excuse themselves from a situation where others may be consuming alcohol 

  • Set time aside for participation doing non-alcohol indulgent behavior

  • Identify internal and external triggers that stir up emotions or bring on compulsive behaviors or cravings

  • Coping strategies for an expansive range of substance misuse issues

  • Relapse prevention techniques and complete comprehension of what a relapse entails

If you or your loved one is ready to take their life back from alcohol use disorder and live on your terms, it's time to discover Wish Rehab. Our luxurious inpatient rehab facility for alcohol detox has a staff of skillful experts who will help with the healing and recovery process—both clinically and therapeutically. At Wish Rehab, participants can explore CBT and any other modalities, which include but are not limited to dialectical behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, experiential therapy, and more. Our approach to recovery is with personalized, holistic care. So, contact us today for a confidential consultation at 844-222-8808.

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