Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT teaches those recovering from addiction and mental illness to find connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions to increase awareness of how they impact their own recovery.
Updated October 18, 2021
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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a variety of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, marital problems, and severe mental illness.
Celadon Recovery spends significant time in encouraging individuals receiving services to make an connection between thoughts and behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy examines the relationship between our thoughts and behaviors, recognizing negative thoughts often lead to negative outcomes. When working with the Celadon team, individuals begin to understand our behaviors are driven by our thoughts and feelings and our emotions are a byproduct. Celadon Recovery’s clinical staff offers help to individuals to identify the emotions we feel, and the thoughts and behaviors associated with it while separating FACTS from FEELINGS. This approach helps our clients learn how to validate their emotions while regulating their behavior and removing their self-destructive tendencies.
How Does CBT Work?
CBT’s core is thoughts lead to behaviors. According to CBT, individuals have certain beliefs about themselves, others, and the future. This leads them to think in distressing situations. Many of these automatic thoughts are negative, maladaptive, or generally unhelpful.
For example, CBT states that many unhealthy behaviors are rooted in cognitive distortions.
Cognitive distortions may include the following:
- Catastrophizing (making problems bigger than they are)
- Overgeneralizing (saying/thinking things like “this always happens to me” when that’s not true)
- Magnification (exaggerating the negative)
- Minimalization (minimizing the positive)
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