Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy gives you the power to start getting better today.
A difficult part of the recovery process is learning how to be happy without the use of alcohol or drugs. To assist individuals in this, Awakening Recovery Center uses many of the tools of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address the psychological and social components of alcohol dependence. These tools are designed to assist individuals in their recovery process. They include, but are not limited to:
Enhancing motivation to quit drinking and to remain abstinent
- Risk/Reward Analysis (costs/benefits of drinking/quitting)
- Setting sensible, measurable, achievable, reasonable, and timed goals and working towards achieving them.
Learning how to refuse to act on urges when they arise
- Understanding internal and external triggers and how to manage them.
- Understanding normal social situations that can create anxiety and better ways of coping with them
Learning how to manage life’s problems in an effective way
- Using CBT to identify irrational thinking and how to change self-talk
- Learn self-acceptance and others-acceptance.
Developing a positive, balanced and healthy lifestyle
- Recognizing the importance of exercise and nutrition in the recovery process.
- Utilize available nutritional supplementation to assist brain chemistry repair
- Replacing destructive thinking with constructive thinking
Motives and Goals
Motivation is a key element in nearly everything that you do. Consider this: we all have two primary goals- survival and happiness. We belief in developing internal motivation as opposed to remaining fixed on fear or incentive motivation without fixing the old thinking. When motivation is an inside job, you will feel better about the idea of changing your life. Setting positive goals and achieving them is the key to lasting recovery, and a healthy new life.
What you believe about your addiction is important, and there are many ideas being tossed around about addiction. Some people beliefs such as, “I’ve tried and failed before, so I can’t do it. I need alcohol (or other drugs) to cope.” Or even worse, “Because I’ve tried to quit and failed, I must just be weak.” These beliefs, and many like them, can’t be justified because the evidence just doesn’t support them.
People often use alcohol and drugs to cope with their emotional problems, including guilt, anger, anxiety, and low self-esteem. At Awakening Recovery center, we teach you how to change your old thinking, and how to increase your self-acceptance. You can then have greater motivation to begin early recovery, and to live more happily and productively.
Changes in thinking and feelings are a good beginning.. Commitment and follow-through are essential. We encourage clients to work at solving their problems, and to become involved in enjoyable and beneficial activities, in place of their chemical dependence.