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What is CBT in Inpatient Therapy?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most effect forms of therapy to combat drug addiction. Many of therapists swear by it. Unfortunately, it is difficult to understand the nuances of it. As with anything the more information that you have about it the better that it works.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is more than just the talk therapy that you are used to seeing. It focuses on specific problems that are said to be the cause of irrational thinking and maladaptive behaviors. Behaviorists work to challenge preconceived behaviors and notions that add to the propensity for addiction.

People who practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, do so to discover the cause and outcome of addictive behavior. They then use the techniques taught through cognitive behavioral therapy to help patients overcome their addictive tendencies. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the key therapies when dealing with addictive behavior. Most people who engage in it find that they achieve a positive result.

Example of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


CBT helps you realize negative thought patterns.

When someone wants to change a behavior such as low self-esteem, the therapist helps the client to realize what negative thought pattern. Then makes suggestions on how he or she might change his or her thinking to a better pattern of behavior. Since each person is different, each scenario will be different. Something that improves self-esteem in one person might not in another.

Cognitive behavioral therapy might help a person to realize what thoughts control which behaviors. Once these thoughts are identified, they can be dealt on an individual basis.

What Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Hope to Accomplish

Cognitive behavioral therapy hopes to allow a person to realize negative thoughts and behaviors and change them into positive behaviors. In order for this to work the person that cognitive behavioral therapy is meant to work on has to want to change. They need have the desire to make differences in their behaviors. Otherwise this will not work.

This type of therapy works best in a closed environment such as an inpatient clinic. This way the therapy can happen under controlled circumstances, rather than out in the world where reactions cannot be predicted.

Problems with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The main problem with cognitive behavioral therapy is that the person it is being performed on has to want the change to happen. It is an active process. If someone does not want to change then they will not change. If they have negative ideas or are afraid of change then it will not work.

It is unfortunate but you cannot force someone to use cognitive behavioral therapy to change their personalities for the better. Without active participation the therapy does not work and can have the opposite effect on the mind. You can identify the problem and make it worse by forcing someone to focus on it.

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