A woman meets with an addiction counselor and undergoes Cognitive Behavioral TherapyAddiction is an extremely powerful disease. Overall, this is because it affects the pleasure and habit circuits in the brain. While many people were once able to use in moderation, eventually substance abuse becomes hard to control. If you’re struggling with addiction, you may notice you use despite outstanding circumstances. Fortunately, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at a qualified treatment center can help you permanently conquer your addiction.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps Retrain the Brain

Generally, every living being has habit circuits. These are extremely important for survival. Without the brain’s habit circuits, we’d get hungry and forget where to find food. These circuits wire the limbic system, which is the strongest part of the brain. Overall, when developing problematic habits, they move to the part of the brain that dictates compulsive actions.

Any activity that releases dopamine has the potential to be habit forming. The process follows this order:

  • Trigger
  • Behavior
  • Reward

While the habit-forming process is useful to survival, it becomes a problem when using drugs or alcohol. For example, often depressed people habitually drink or use drugs. Thus, the brain keeps reminding the individual that every time they’re depressed, they should use. Eventually, the habit turns into a compulsive behavior you have no control over. However, addiction therapy can help.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Luckily, addiction treatment has come a long way. For example, there are now diverse addiction rehab programs that can help. Additionally, numerous medical institutions study beneficial addiction treatments using evidence-based methods. After many studies, whenever a type of treatment shows positive results it’s often implemented. Above all, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most popular addiction treatment methods.

CBT helps identify specific thoughts and behaviors that lead to addictive behavior. Various psychotherapy sessions help identify triggers from symptoms of mental illness. Often, you may find that you use every time you’re sad, lonely, angry, or stressed. With CBT, you’ll learn to separate a specific trigger from problematic substance abuse behavior.

Above all, addiction treatment gives you a safe space for replacing old behaviors with new ones. Unfortunately, it’s much more difficult to do this outside of rehab. Without a structured environment, triggers may be everywhere. However, throughout your stay, you’ll work to rewire your brain and learn healthy coping skills when experiencing triggers. Additionally, this form of treatment helps you begin replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at San Antonio Recovery Center

San Antonio Recovery Center is a fully qualified treatment facility that helps guide you to living a positive, addiction-free life. We take pride in helping individuals reach successful, long-lasting sobriety. Fortunately, we accept most insurances and can ensure our facility’s comfort and affordability. Our comprehensive programs include:

Call us today at 866-957-7885 to begin cognitive behavioral therapy to overcome your addiction.