Cognitive Behavioral Therapy uses an active collaboration with the client and the therapist to identify thought processes that promote unhealthy outcomes. Very often individuals make assumptions and absolute statements about themselves, relationships and their environment. Frequently these thoughts are “cognitive distortions”—unrealistic appraisals of what is actually transpiring. The alcohol/drug dependent person often begins using because of these “distortions,” which often worsen as their addiction progresses. With the help of our therapists individuals can identify these faulty patterns of thinking, which often support the same negative outcomes. As the individual learns the tools of “thought stopping” and “cognitive restructuring” they replace negative automatic thoughts with more positive and life affirming thoughts.
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