There is a multitude of different therapies available for treating substance abuse. This variety stems from the fact that each person’s relationship with addiction is different. At Gateway Foundation Chicago Kedzie, we understand that no two people have the same history and circumstances, and so no two addiction treatment plans should look the same. Many treatment methods are holistic in nature, while some of the most widespread are more evidence-based. One of these science-backed treatments is cognitive behavioral therapy.

History of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A female counselor talks to a male client during a cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT sessionCognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has an interesting history that stems from depression research in the 1960s. Dr. Aaron T. Beck conducted a study at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on psychoanalytic concepts of depression. Through this research, he found that people with depression often have invasive, involuntary negative thoughts he called “automatic thoughts.” These thoughts focus on three areas: themselves, the world, and their future.

While working with patients with these invasive thoughts, Dr. Beck discovered that in identifying and changing these thoughts, patients found long-lasting relief from depression. Originally called “cognitive therapy,” this method is now better known as “cognitive behavioral therapy” due to its relationship with behaviors, as well.

So how does this relate to addiction treatment? Well, for one, many people struggling with addiction also have co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression. Second, we now know that CBT has wider applications than just depression treatment. Today, clinicians use this method to treat all kinds of addictions and mental health issues. It’s a core part of the addiction therapy services that we offer at Gateway Foundation Chicago Kedzie.

How Does CBT Work?

Cognitive behavioral therapy helps clients become more aware of their own thought and behavior patterns. Often, thoughts and behaviors associated with addiction are fairly automatic. Crave the drug, find the drug, and use the drug. However, analyzing these patterns makes it easier for clients to break them. Once they realize that their thoughts have a direct impact on their behaviors, they immediately have more control.

CBT also helps clients set goals. In therapy sessions, clients work with therapists to identify issues specific to their situation, as well as solutions to these issues. Therapists may even assign clients homework to guide them through the process of change. Ultimately, clients develop a more positive and more productive thought patterns, which make a significant change in their behavior.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Gateway Foundation Chicago Kedzie

CBT is just one of many services our sober living recovery home offers. Other therapies include the following:

Our addiction treatment staff works with clients through every step of their recovery, even offering case management services to help them transition back into their everyday life. To start taking advantage of everything Gateway Foundation Chicago Kedzie has to offer, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, reach out to us today at 773.227.2158.