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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Addiction (CBT)


Since no two addicts or alcoholics are alike, what each person will require in order to overcome their diseases can vary greatly. Some people respond well to traditional therapies, like Pinnacle Recovery’s Utah CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, while others respond better to more experiential treatments like equine therapy. It all depends on the individual, what substances they abused, and their life experiences.

At Pinnacle Recovery we understand this and understand that there needs to be a personalized approach to addiction treatment. Due to this we offer a number of different treatment therapies so that each client can get the specialized care they need and have the best possible chance at achieving the desired result of sustained and long term recovery.

One of the more standard approaches to addiction treatment therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy, like the one offered through our Utah CBT program. This form of treatment is offered in pretty much every form of care we offer, from inpatient, to outpatient, and even aftercare.

For years now Cognitive behavioral therapy has been the standard in treatment for people who suffer from alcoholism or addiction. It has proven to help those afflicted with these illnesses, change their behaviors and in turn no longer pursue drugs and alcohol at the expense of their health and happiness. While there has been a shift in the past few years towards more holistic and experiential treatments, CBT programs, like our Utah CBT are still the mainstay in drug treatment.

What is CBT?


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, like the one offered through our Utah CBT program, encourage metacognition, or thinking about the way you think. As confusing as that sentence may sound many times addict and alcoholic do not have the ability to objectively look at their thought processes. They have a thought about drinking or using and they do it without thinking through the consequences. This form of therapy allows the individual to identify damaging thought patterns, and rebuild negative associations they have developed over time, which gives them the control they need in order to take their life back.

CBT is a research-backed and proven method of helping addicts and alcoholics to identify and change thought patterns that may cause addiction. For example, an individual may have developed their addiction to alcohol after a traumatic death in the family. Drinking made them forget momentarily about their grief, and over time, that built a positive association to alcohol. Getting drunk equals relief, and because of this the action is enforced by the mind, and even though the rest of their life may be falling apart due to their drinking, they will pursue this action at the expense of everything.

What is most interesting and frightening about this, is that the individual may not even realize that they are falling deeper and deeper into their addiction, until it is too late. Their brain is informing them that alcohol brings them joy and that is all that they can see. They cannot really see the destruction is it bring to their lives and that is what makes treating alcoholism and addiction so trickery. In many ways the addict or alcoholic is usually the last person to truly know that they have a problem and because of this they will often times engage in their addiction for years past the point where they could have stopped on their own volition.

As terrible as all of that sounds it is entirely normal. Addiction is a disease that rewires the brain, and creates countless associations like the example above. CBT identifies these thought patterns, and creates new associations to take the place of the harmful ones. In this case, CBT may replace drinking with exercise. Every time you begin the thought patterns that would result in you reaching for a bottle, you now to go for a run. ‘Rewiring’ the way your brain thinks about substances or behavioral addictions is crucial to making a lasting change.

What can I expect from Pinnacle’s CBT?


Pinnacle Recovery focuses heavily on dual diagnosis treatment. Addiction can, and usually does come with some other underlying mental health or behavioral issue. Sometimes these issues have been undiagnosed for years and have spurred on the addiction, while other times they may only be temporary and based on the current life circumstances of the individual, but either way in order for recovery to truly take hold they must be dealt with.

CBT can not only help to identify these underlying issues, but when coupled with medication, if necessary, they can allow a person to regain control of their life and finally face their addiction on an even footing.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can also help people with addiction issues change the way their brain views addiction. They no longer have to have a knee jerk reaction to picking up a drink or a drunk, but rather they can learn new associations and new reactions to stimuli, that in the past would have resulted in them drinking or using.

If you would like to learn more, please reach out to us for more information. Cognitive behavioral therapy gives people the power to control their thoughts again and teaches them how to partake in the actions necessary to make a lasting recovery possible.

Finding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy That Is Right For You


If you think that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and you believe that you need a treatment program that offers CBT than call the professionals at Pinnacle Recovery today, at 1-801-598-7765. Our trained staff knows exactly what you are going through and what you need in order to finally overcome your addiction and achieve the life of recovery you have always wanted. We know how frightening of a proposition going away to treatment can be are we are here to help make this transition as comfortable as possible. So don’t put off for tomorrow what can be done today. Call us and take the first steps towards a new life.

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