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What to Expect During CBT?

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Behavioral therapy is a leading treatment for addiction recovery and mental health conditions. Studies show that at least half of people with substance use disorders also struggle with mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Many also struggle with prolonged stress and unprocessed trauma. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help a person navigate addiction recovery, trauma resolution, and manage overall mental health for optimal wellness.

If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health, unprocessed trauma, or addiction, A Better State is here for you. Our treatment programs provide flexible, trauma-informed cognitive-behavioral therapy. With a range of holistic programs, A Better State is here for you. Call us at 781.412.1488 to learn more about our co-occurring disorders treatment program and begin recovery today.

What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Addiction and Mental Health?

CBT, often known as cognitive-behavioral therapy, is a form of behavioral talk treatment. It helps clients change their behaviors over time, like other behavioral therapies. CBT therapists give clients tools and resources to assist them in daily life, especially during addiction recovery. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is evidence-based and highly adaptable. Therefore it’s widely used throughout all phases of addiction rehabilitation.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven to be an effective treatment for addiction and other mental health conditions. CBT helps patients learn how to manage their thoughts and emotions in a healthy way. This therapy also teaches skills to help prevent relapse and manage triggers. CBT is typically short-term, but it can be adapted to meet the needs of each patient. Knowing what to expect during CBT will let you understand the process and help you get the most out of therapy.

What to Expect from CBT Sessions

Because CBT is individualized, homework and sessions vary. Most clients meet with their CBT therapists for 60 to 90 minutes per session. Therapists will work with clients’ fears and belief systems to help them make gradual, lasting life changes. These changes might mean building up to social situations, career shifts, and new relationships. Clients discuss their fears, emotions, behaviors, and relationships during a session. The therapist helps them recognize and understand behavioral patterns.

During addiction treatment programs, CBT sessions might happen daily. Later in recovery, clients meet with therapists less frequently. Therapists can also change course when strategies aren’t working or when life changes require treatment to shift. This flexibility makes cognitive-behavioral therapy safe, approachable, and comfortable for most clients and their loved ones.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is also highly effective for family therapy sessions. Therapists help families create safe and open communication at home, build stronger boundaries, and understand relationship dynamics. CBT can help families reconnect, build a safer home, and cope with mental health and addiction recovery together.

Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Right for You?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most effective approaches to addiction recovery. CBT and other therapies, such as medication-assisted treatment, 12-step programs, and holistic therapies, usually work in unison—offering the best outcome for the person’s mental health. This comprehensive approach can help patients make long-term changes and achieve lasting recovery.

If you and your loved ones are ready to learn more about the benefits of CBT for addiction recovery and mental health, A Better State is here to help. With our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP), our team can help you find the right level of care and flexibility for your needs. Our holistic programs include:

  • ​​Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Yoga therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Mindfulness meditation therapy

Our trauma-informed, holistic approach helps clients across New Hampshire struggling with substance abuse and mental health at a pace that meets their busy lives. With flexible, compassionate daytime and evening outpatient programs, A Better State is here to help you and your family recover, no matter the circumstance.

Learn More About Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy at A Better State

If you or someone you love is struggling, don’t attempt to recover alone. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help. At A Better State, we offer CBT in both individual and group settings. Our highly trained staff will work with you to identify negative thoughts and behaviors and help you develop healthy coping mechanisms. We’ll also teach you how to make positive changes in your life that will last long after treatment is over. If you’re ready to start healing, we’re here to help. Call us at 781.412.1488 to learn more about the benefits of CBT and outpatient programs at A Better State.