Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment. Similarly, it is a hands-on, everyday approach to problem-solving. CBT's goal is to change forms of behavior that are behind people’s problems, in order to change the way they feel. Generally, it is utilized to help treat a varied range of problems in a person’s life. For example, it may be used to treat sleeping difficulties, relationship problems, and even drug and alcohol abuse. CBT works by changing people’s attitudes and their behavior. It focuses on thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes held (a person’s cognitive processes). It also focuses on how these processes relate to the way a person behaves, as a way of dealing with emotional problems.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is generally a combination of psychotherapy and behavioral therapy. Psychotherapy stresses the importance of the personal meaning we place on things and how thinking patterns begin in childhood. Alternatively, behavioral therapy pays close attention to the relationship between our problems, behavior and feelings.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has many benefits when it’s incorporated into Florida addiction treatment. Generally, clients find that this therapy plays a significant role in helping them successfully overcome unhealthy habits and behaviors. Additionally, many have found that the tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy can be applied with great benefit to most areas of their life.
The advantage of cognitive behavioral therapy is that it tends to be short, taking only 3-4 weeks for most issues (including addiction). Typically, clients attend regular therapy for about an hour. During this time, the client and therapist work together to understand what issues are present and develop new techniques for handling them. As a result, CBT introduces clients to a set of philosophies that they can apply for the rest of their lives.