Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that is commonly used by mental health professionals to treat a variety of conditions including substance use disorder. It focuses on exploring the interconnectedness between emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The aim is to reveal negative thinking habits and change them to a more productive thought process.
By identifying barriers in your mindset, a therapist will help you combat false assumptions and harmful beliefs to help you develop the coping skills and stress management techniques necessary to function properly. These barriers might look like overgeneralizing or overanalyzing, defaulting to worst-case scenarios, focusing on the negative, or having an “all or nothing” thought process.
These types of thinking patterns can cripple your mental health and cause you to remain in a perpetual state of distress. Identifying and learning how to combat them helps reduce overwhelming emotions that prompt undesirable behaviors that may lead to self-medicating with drugs and alcohol.