Those with addictions may say they want to get better and change their behaviors of addiction, but find it extremely difficult to do so. More than 50 percent of addicts living with dual diagnoses have not received medical treatment or psychotherapy intervention associated with their recovery, according to Dual Diagnosis.org. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps patients overcome drug and alcohol addiction by:
The length and time-frame for CBT depend on the individual and their needs and comfort level. Some people need daily therapy, while others may need weekly. In a residential treatment center, CBT is often started once detox is complete. There are several techniques associated with CBT in addiction treatment:
There are also different approaches to CBT, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. Whatever CBT is chosen, it’s been proven to have an excellent track record with many studies demonstrating its effectiveness for treating addiction, along with co-occurring disorders.